July 13th, 2012

Eddie Mair’s Newsnight Heebie-Jeebies

Lots of confusion last night as Newsnight viewers tuned in to find Eddie Mair from Radio 4 in Paxo’s chair. And he did rather well, if he was a little gloomy:

With a fresh face around, many are wondering if Paxo is too old. Often his heart doesn’t seem to be in the questioning, and new evidence has emerged to suggest he’s getting on a bit:

News of Paxman’s demise has been greatly exaggerated though- he’s on holiday apparently.


  1. 1
    Just saying says:

    He looks like a Huhne!

  2. 2

    Erm, Eddie Mair is from ‘PM’, and he’s a bit of a national treasure (the BBC Scot it’s OK to like).

  3. 3
    Ed Balls says:

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    The confrontational style of Paxman , Humphreys etc is becoming a bit boring.It seems to be used randomly as well, coming over as bad temper and not thought out.

  5. 5
    Paxo says:


  6. 6
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    Tim Geithner didn’t warn me of my woes though ?

  7. 7
    Peston says:

    Welllllll Eddieeeee, IIIIIIIIIII reeeeeally dony liiiiiiiiiike you veryyyyyyyy much

  8. 8
    Brian says:

    Eddie Mair presents PM not Today.

  9. 9
    Nullbymouth says:

    Paxman will soon be advertising insurance for the over 60’s with the offer of a free pen ‘just for applying’

  10. 10
    Noozenight says:

    Andrew Neil and Eddie Mair, two brilliant journos who make the BBC licence fee worth paying for. Them and the occasional costume drama filled with rumpy pumpy.

  11. 11
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Perhaps its time to revisit the below link. The timelines (excuse the pun a line of coke) certainly show who was beholden to who – now.


  12. 12
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    consign Newsnight to Radio 1 & give Jeremy Klaxon the MC’s job

    that’s dumb enough and populist enough for the tax-payer funded BBC

  13. 13
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    PM as in post mortem

    superficial slush

  14. 14
    pot and kettle says:


  15. 15
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have never met this man

  16. 16
    Brown Out and pay me damages. says:

    I don’t watch BBC newstripe.

  17. 17
    erm... says:

    newsnight, a program for misery gits…
    let’s have guest presenters ….to freshen up.
    or will only a blood transfusion do.

  18. 18

    Have you ever noticed how talkative Peston becomes when he gets his… ah, latte?

    It’s like two different people…

  19. 19
    Paxman says:



  20. 20
    Hugh Janus says:

    I don’t know about ‘national treasure’ but he can be a very good political interviewer when he puts his mind to it. His problem is that he goes in for a lot of irritating and silly trivia too. So 6 out of 10 overall, must try harder.

  21. 21
    Nullbymouth says:

    It’s not latte, its ground up slimming tablets mixed with vodka

  22. 22
    Hugh Janus says:

    Drawling Peston – all that BBC money spent and yet so few can stand him. He is a total and un-listenable pillock.

  23. 23
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Agreed. He had a good stint replacing Whichever-Dimbleby-It-Was on AQ but got a wee bit too cocky towards the end.

    If he cut out the trivial and sometimes snide crap, he’d be brilliant.

  24. 24
    Lord Mynarse of Buckpassing says:

    Who? No, nothing to do with me. All the Tories’ fault.

  25. 25
    Hugh Janus says:

    £3.5bn every year is rather a lot of money for just two adequate (not brilliant) journos, with occasional diversions into rumpy pumpy? (thankfully not by them).

  26. 26
    Lucius Calidius Eroticus says:

    Bollocks to that, even if they showed Neil and Mair fighting it still wouldn’t justify paying for the bloated, lefty bollocks that is the BBC.

  27. 27
    Duty Pedant says:


  28. 28
    erm... says:

    evil mandy, fictious blair, grounded john bishop, youthful xxx and that “bigoted” woman….as guest presenters……could add to the hilarity of the nation.

  29. 29
    erm... says:

    i know. slip of the mind. must leave my careless past behind. thankyou.

  30. 30
    Fog says:

    Why all the fuss over a few more from the military for Olympics security? Why don’t the deceitful, lying journos make it clear that there’s already a 23,700-strong security force including a mix of military (17,000), private security guards and at least 3,000 unpaid London 2012 volunteers? Newsnight – waste of time.

  31. 31
    Loungelizard says:

    That collie dog, what was his name? Shep, that was it. Now he wur a good journo

  32. 32
    Ed Balls says:

    I was on Jupiter for the last 15 years.

  33. 33
    Heat magazine says:

    What about Eastenders? Quality drama, that.

  34. 34

    Why has Paxo got blue grass?

    Just arsking.

  35. 35
    Big Momma says:

    Lets be honest Dumblebore does not like Mair from the time he took over when the champagne socialist went on tax paying working holidays.
    Mair proved more likeable and less biased than him, and with a better sense of humour.
    Mair was sidelined from QT by the BBC putting in a series of other loony left chairmen, some of which were effective, but only on a one off basis. Difficult to believe that the ageist BBC still retains and is dictated to by a 70+ geriatric of very questionnable ethics and morals. Wonder which body graves he knows about?

  36. 36
    Pundit Too says:

    Geithner was a major part of the USA financial problem, and certainly not part of the solution.
    Even influential Democrats wanted him sacked but nothing came of it.
    Nobody listens to him because of this.

  37. 37
    Pundit Too says:

    The ranting screaming confrontational intorrogation is all part of the Liebour / BBC / NDVD school of public relations with perceived enemies.

  38. 38
    Geoffrey says:

    Jolly clip but not much Eddie Mair. To form a view, we need to see ‘mair’, ye ken!

  39. 39
    Cicero says:

    Unfortunately the odious Caroline Quinn (nice voice though) is being groomed for PM as Eddie Mair is not your normal BBC fully died in the wool loony lefty. Though he is definately left leaning.

  40. 40
    John says:

    …Interesting to see Tessa’s Olympic-themed necklace… coincidence or design?

  41. 41
    Tagliatelly says:

    What are you on about? Eddie Mair has never chaired QT. David Dimbleboor has been doing it since Peter Sissons was chairman last century.
    Is it the younger brother you mean, his name is Jonathan he does Any Questions.
    Their dad, Richard Dimbleboor did Panorama very early in the last century, he loved spaghetti don’t you know.

  42. 42
    Sage and Onion says:

    He is very nasty to dim weak women.

  43. 43
    The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

    I like it when that drunk sounding scottish milf Kirsty is on flashing her legs.

  44. 44
    oddly helpful says:

    Pols off on their hols until September, Big Brother not the surefire summer filler it was. It’s either this, or stories about the weather until the A level results come out in mid- (or early-, if in Scotland) August.

    And that quadrennial running, jumping and larking about thing that we’re not supposed to invoke by using its name…

  45. 45
    Judi Binks says:

    Eddie Mair is great! A stroke of genius putting on TV. Absolutely love him.

  46. 46
    Skool Guvner says:

    and exceptionally thick too

  47. 47
    Skool Guvner says:

    …dyed… as in colours…

  48. 48
    Skool Guvner says:

    … and ‘definItely” and not as you spelt it.

  49. 49
    Hillywilly says:

    His middle name is “Banjo” you know..

  50. 50
    Fuck the bbc says:

    Always thought he is a cotho personally

  51. 51
    ukfred says:

    Is it a skool that the Gummint approves of then?

  52. 52
    ukfred says:

    Howzzabout making it compete with Sky on a level playing field, and make it a subscription service.

    What’s the betting that the quality would improve. But where would it go on the political spectrum?

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