Jeremy Paxman to quit BBC's Newsnight

One of the BBC's biggest stars Jeremy Paxman has announced he is quitting the flagship current affairs show Newsnight.

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Paxman helped Newsnight after 'difficult' Savile storm

The BBC thanked Jeremy Paxman for agreeing to stay on at Newsnight to help its new editor "following a difficult period" which saw the show lambasted after it pulled a planned expose of Jimmy Savile's sex crimes.

Newsnight was criticised for dropping a Jimmy Savile report in December 2011. Credit: PA

A corporation spokeswoman said: "The BBC is immensely grateful for this gesture, which is entirely in keeping with his outstanding contribution to both Newsnight and, over four decades, the BBC itself."

Paxman will present his last Newsnight show in June.

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