Financial Times hires Jeremy Paxman as contributing editor

Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman is to make his debut as contributing editor at the Financial Times in this Saturday's FT Weekend.

Jeremy Paxman: presented Newsnight for 25 years
Jeremy Paxman: presented Newsnight for 25 years

Paxman will write regularly for FT Weekend, focussing on long-form writing, diaries and Lunch with the FT interviews.

FT editor Lionel Barber said: "I am delighted to welcome Jeremy into the FT family. He is a wonderful writer, an acerbic interviewer, and a charming luncheon companion. He will make a great addition to the long list of distinguished FT Weekend writers.

"This year we have invested significantly in the FT’s weekend edition with a new app and design, and we see growth in both print and digital subscriptions."

Paxman said he was flattered to be joining the FT as a contributing editor: "At last someone takes me seriously."

The BBC veteran will also be covering the 2015 general election results night for Channel 4, as announced in September.

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