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Sunday 19 August 2018

Paxman fires off rant over axed Newsnight bulletins

BBC's Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman has fired off a rant to viewers dismissing the show's daily email bulletin as an "exercise in fatuousness" -- then said it was being axed as it was "crap".

For years, devotees of the BBC2 show have received regular updates, often laced with Paxman's pearls of wisdom.

But as he killed off the newsletter with a final message yesterday, he said it should have happened "years ago".

The presenter sarcastically poured scorn on the messages, before admitting that the distribution system was not up to the job and the budget did not stretch to fixing it.

He said viewers would be better just turning on their TV at the appropriate time to find out what was in the programme.

In his email, he wrote: "Welcome to positively the last Newsnight daily email. The time has come to put this exercise in fatuousness out of its misery.

"It gives me no pleasure to say that it should have happened years ago.

"Actually, I lie. There is more joy in heaven, etc, etc.

"The reason for killing it off is pretty straightforward. It's crap," he added.

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