Jeremy Paxman: College Challenge host reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

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Jeremy Paxman: College Challenge host reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis


Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman has revealed he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The host of the University Challenge, 71, said he had received “excellent treatment” and his symptoms were “currently mild.”

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Paxman pictured presenting the University Challenge in 2000. Image: Shutterstock

He said in a statement: “I can confirm that I have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I am receiving excellent treatment and my symptoms are currently mild.

“I plan to continue broadcasting and writing for as long as they have me. “

Paxman has hosted University Challenge since 1994, making it the oldest current quizmaster on UK television.

He is also well known for being a tenacious presenter of the BBC’s Newsnight – a show he worked on from 1989 to 2014.

During this time, he interviewed many prominent figures in politics and culture.

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Paxman presented Newsnight for 25 years

As he stepped down from Newsnight after 25 years in the role, Paxman interviewed London Mayor Boris Johnson, as they both rode in a tandem.

He also interviewed party leaders on Sky News and Channel 4 during the general election campaigns of 2015 and 2017, grilling politicians such as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

Jeremy Paxman interviewed Theresa May during the 2017 general election campaign
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Paxman interviewed Theresa May during the 2017 election campaign

Paxman, who was born in Leeds, began his career in 1972 as part of the BBC’s graduate training program, working on local radio and reporting on the unrest in Belfast.

Shortly after moving to London in 1977, he worked on Panorama, before coming to Six O’Clock News and BBC One’s Breakfast Time.

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