Paxman terminates ‘crap’ Newsnight emails

Straight-talking anchor Jeremy Paxman has axed Newsnight’s “crap” daily newsletter – and took the opportunity to trash BBC bosses.

Paxman told readers that he took no pleasure in saying that it should have happened years ago. “The reason for killing it off is pretty straightforward. It’s crap,” he declared in the final issue sent out on Wednesday.

The letter, which gave fans a preview of each evening’s programme, was only any good at landing in inboxes after the relevant shows had been aired, he said, insisting that carrier pigeon would have been a more punctual delivery system.

“The daily email was dreamed up – like so many other utterly brilliant initiatives (anyone recall the Newsnight podcast, for people who preferred their television without pictures) – by visionary senior management at the BBC.

“Like a dodgy plumber skulking away from a flooded bathroom, those responsible are blaming the tools of their trade. In this case, they’re right. The piece of kit (the “gizmo”, to give it its technical name) which sends out the email is completely useless and we can’t afford to fix it.”

Paxman even took his ire out on readers delusional enough to sign up to something he viewed as utterly superfluous.

He said there were “other thrilling ways to make sure you’re not pleasurably surprised when the programme goes on air” by logging on to Newsnight’s blog and Twitter page. “Alternatively, you could just switch on your television to BBC Two at 10.30pm.”

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