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Paxman admits regretting not voting at last election

Jeremy Paxman has admitted he regrets not voting at the last election after finding the choice of political parties too "unappetising".

"In one recent election, I decided not to vote, because I thought the choice so unappetising," the 63-year-old told the Radio Times.

Jeremy Paxman recently berated comedian Russell Brand after he admitted he had never voted. Credit: PA Wire

"By the time the polls had closed and it was too late to take part, I was feeling really uncomfortable: the person who chooses not to vote - cannot even be bothered to write 'none of the above' on a ballot paper - disqualifies himself from passing any comment at all."

The broadcaster recently questioned Russell Brand as to why the public "should be arsed to listen to his point of view", after the comedian revealed he had never voted because of the "lies treachery and deceit of the political class" during an interview which became a YouTube sensation last month.

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Paxman considered quitting BBC after Savile scandal

Jeremy Paxman says BBC Newsnight has been damaged by the Savile scandal Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman has admitted he considered quitting the show after a scandal which saw an investigation into Jimmy Savile's sex crimes dropped and a separate story led to Lord McAlpine being wrongly accused of child abuse.

He told Richard Bacon's Five Live Show that he was still enjoying presenting the BBC2 current affairs flagship show but admitted it had been damaged by what happened.

Asked if he considered quitting, he said: "I thought about it of course but in the end I decided that you know these were...there were several bad decisions, they were individual bad decisions and I felt that loyalty commanded that you stayed or I stay."

He also said senior figures at the BBC Trust - the corporation's governing body - proposed dropping the show.

Piers Morgan: Paxman is 'an ungrateful little wretch'

The former editor of the Daily Mirror has hit out at Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman after his testimony before the Leveson Inquiry today. Mr Paxman alleged that Mr Morgan told him how to hack phone messages during a dinner party in 2003.

Jeremy Paxman: Piers Morgan told me how to hack phones

The presenter of Newsnight Jeremy Paxman recently finished giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Among his evidence was the claim that the formerDaily Mirror editor Piers Morgan explained how to hack into people's voicemail during in dinner party in September 2002. He said:

He [Piers Morgan] turned to me and said: 'Have you got a mobile phone?' I said yes, and he said: 'Have you got a security setting on the message bit of it?' I don't think it was called voicemail in those days. I didn't know what he was talking about. He then explained that the way to get access to people's messages was was go to the factory default setting and press either 0000 or 1234 and that if you didn't put on your own codeā€¦ his words: 'You're a fool.'

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