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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.