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!


    • 17
      erm... says:

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


  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).


    • 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.


      • 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.


        • 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?


          • 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.


    • 45
      Judi Binks says:

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


    • 50
      Fuck the bbc says:

      Always thought he is a cotho personally


  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.


    • 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).


      • 33
        Heat magazine says:

        What about Eastenders? Quality drama, that.


        • 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?


    • 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.


  11. 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


  12. 16
    Brown Out and pay me damages. says:

    I don’t watch BBC newstripe.


  13. 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.


    • 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…


  14. 34

    Why has Paxo got blue grass?

    Just arsking.


  15. 38
    Geoffrey says:

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


  16. 40
    John says:

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


  17. 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.


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