Jeremy Paxman has announced that he is stepping down as the presenter of BBC Two’s Newsnight after 25 years.
The corporation confirmed that Paxman informed executives of his decision last Summer, but agreed to stay on for a while to help the new editorial team bed in after a “difficult period” for the programme.
“It’s been a huge privilege to work with Jeremy for the last eight months. I’m deeply grateful to him for delaying his departure to help renew the programme, and for the extraordinary support and generosity he has shown.
“We – and the viewers – will miss him greatly, but he leaves the show in good health and a formidable new team in place.” – Ian Katz, Editor of Newsnight
Paxman has fronted the current affairs programme since 1989 and will present his last edition in June. The beeb say he will continue in his role as host of University Challenge.
“This is a particularly poignant moment for me, because I have known Jeremy and relished working with him, since the day I joined the BBC in 1973. And I am therefore better placed than most to know what a remarkable job he has done at Newsnight.
“His is a rare and dazzling talent. He has a unique ability to create moments of real discomfort for politicans and memorable delight for audiences. For that cussed brilliance and much more besides, the BBC and our audiences will always be in his debt.” – Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC
Director of News and Current Affairs, James Harding added that Paxman had become the “great lion of BBC journalism,” and that he would be sorely missed.