Jeremy Paxman BBC patronised young people with pretty stupid skits

first_imgJeremy Paxman during his time on Newsnight Senior broadcaster Kirsty Wark dances to Thriller The broadcaster left the BBC in 2014 after 25 years on the job, and has denied he had friction with a new editor Ian Katz and apparent plans to lighten the tone of the show by asking him to interview Russell Brand.He now works for Channel 4, and recently worked on their election coverage. “The great thing about Channel 4 is the clarity,” he told the newspaper.“The editorial structure is perfectly clear… “The BBC has a weakness for endless meetings with executives you’ve never heard of and don’t know what they do.” “I would have to say that the BBC is a parastatal organisation. They believe in the state. And not to recognise that there are those issues there is just silly.”On the existence of the licence fee, he continued: “I think it’s completely antediluvian, a tax on one piece of electronic equipment. Arguing that getting rid of the BBC would not make the world a better place, he nevertheless added: “Of course there is political correctness at the BBC. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Kirsty Wark performs a dance to Thrillercenter_img Jeremy Paxman during his time on Newsnight Senior broadcaster Kirsty Wark dances to Thriller Kirsty Wark performs a dance to Thriller It is “very patronising” to think young people need comedy skits to liven up their news programmes, Jeremy Paxman has said, as he laments “pretty stupid” Newsnight sketches.Paxman, former Newsnight host, condemned a BBC phase in which Emily Maitlis was “forced” to interview the Cookie Monster on air, and Kirsty Wark danced to Thriller.Both sketches were aired in 2013, with the Thriller dance created for Halloween night playout, and the Cookie Monster interview purporting to be about new children’s show The Furchester. “They did do some pretty stupid things,” Paxman told the Sunday Times of Newsnight. “I think it’s very patronising to think this is the sort of thing that appeals to the young.” “There’s no tax on that camera over there, or on that computer! It’s antediluvian.“So some other mechanism has to be found — and it seems to me that if Amazon and Netflix have the ability to do that, it’s not beyond the BBC to do the same thing.”A BBC source said: “Paxman left Newsnight a long time ago and it seems his views on the BBC are somewhat outdated and antediluvian.”last_img

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