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Jeremy Paxman Receiving Treatment For Parkinson’s Disease

May 24, 2021

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

The former Newsnight presenter said he was receiving “excellent” treatment and that his symptoms are “currently mild”.

“I plan to continue broadcasting and writing for as long as they’ll have me,” he said.

The 71-year-old has hosted University Challenge since 1994 and is renowned for his fiercely inquisitorial interviewing style.

Born in Leeds in 1950, the presenter joined Newsnight in 1989 and remained with BBC Two’s nightly bulletin until June 2014.

In recent years he has presented documentaries about the British Empire and Winston Churchill.

Paxman said he would be making no further comment and had written about his diagnosis for the June edition of Saga magazine.

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