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Paxman departs University Challenge after 28 years

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BBC presenter and broadcaster, Jeremy Paxman has announced that he will step down as host of the BBC quiz show University Challenge.

Paxman, who has also presented the BBC current affairs programme Newsnight, has been the presenter of University Challenge since 1994.

University challenge was renewed by the BBC in 1994, after a period on ITV where it was presented by Bamber Gascoigne, for a quarter of a century between 1962 and 1987

The University of Stirling students have featured on the show in the past , including on a special edition which featured university alumni in 2013.

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A successor to Paxman will be revealed later this week, whilst he finishes filming his final appearances this autumn, which will be broadcast in 2023.

In a statement about his departure from the show, Paxman said:

“I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful series for nearly 29 years. I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing team and to meet some of the swottier brains in the country. It gives me hope for the future.”

Commenting on the announcement, University Challenge executive producer Peter Gwyn said: “Jeremy has been our presenter, colleague and friend for 28 years, and everyone on the University Challenge production team will miss him greatly.

Gwyn added that Paxman would be “sorely missed” “by both our audience and by the generations of students who’ve relished the chance to pit themselves against him in more than 1,000 matches.”

Kate Phillips, the BBC’s director of unscripted, said “We are hugely grateful to Jeremy for his dedication to the programme for an incredible 28 years, he will be much missed by us all and the show’s millions of viewers.”

The BBC will air a documentary on BBC Two to mark 60 years of University Challenge on August 29.

Featured image credit: BBC

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