Fear not Newsnight fans, your saviour will be returning. There has been much speculation of late as to whether the BBC daily affairs discussion program would see its long running host Jeremy Paxman returning to the chair, after the presenter was rumoured to have grown disillusioned with it.
However, according to The Sunday Telegraph, Paxman assured them that he would be back on the show this week. “I have been away filming, but I will definitely be there on Wednesday” he said in response to where he’d been of late. The BBC has been going through a rocky period of late, with the revelations about former employee Jimmy Savile’s private life opening the door to a whole trail of sex allegations that resulted in the inaccurate accusations being levelled at conservative party member Lord McAlpine, largely being pushed by Newsnight itself.
McAlpine’s swift move to prove those accusations wrong saw the director general of the BBC George Entwistle forced to stand down, and Paxman commented “He has been brought low by cowards and incompetents. The real problem here is the BBC’s decision, in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry, to play safe by appointing biddable people. They then compounded the problem by enforcing a series of cuts on programme budgets, while bloating the management. That is how you arrive at the current mess on Newsnight.” Despite the mess, though, he clearly believes he’s still the man to clear it up.