Tuesday, 11 May 2010
On this day...
British broadcaster and author Jeremy Paxman, was born in 1950. The eldest of four children, Paxman led a privileged childhood, receiving education from both Charterhouse and Cambridge and editing student magazine 'Varsity'. Indeed journalism quickly became the centre of Paxman's life, as he joined the BBC's graduate training scheme, beginning his career on Brighton local radio. He rose swiftly through the ranks, presenting high profile shows such as 'Panorama'within 7 years, and following reporting duties in Beruit, Uganda and Central America, he anchored the flagship Six O'clock News. Y
et perhaps his most recognisable role is that of intrusive interviewer on 'Newsnight', a notoriety best borne out in the famous 1997 confrontation with Michael Howard, in which he asked the them Home Secretary, the same question 12 times. His current portfolio also includes popular quiz programme 'University Challenge', bringing his estimated salary up to £1,040,000 per year. Aside from all his media committments, Paxman has also found the time to write several books. Titles such as 'The Political Animal: An Anatomy', 'Friends in High Places: Who Runs Britain?', and 'The English: A Portrait of a People', have all been big sellers.