Jeremy Paxman steps down as host of University Challenge after 28 years


Jeremy Paxman is to step down as host of University Challenge after 28 years.

The upcoming series, starting on BBC Two and iPlayer from Monday 29 August, will be his last.

Paxman said: “I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful series for nearly 29 years.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing team and to meet some of the swottier brains in the country. It gives me hope for the future.”

A new presenter will be announced in the coming days.

Peter Gwyn, Executive Producer of University Challenge, commented: “Jeremy has been our presenter, colleague and friend for twenty-eight years, and everyone on the University Challenge production team will miss him greatly. He’ll be sorely missed too by both our audience and by the generations of students who’ve relished the chance to pit themselves against him in more than a thousand matches.”

Kate Phillips, BBC’s Director of Unscripted, added: “Since the BBC revived University Challenge in 1994 Jeremy has been at the front and centre of the show’s success and is without doubt one of the world’s finest, and most formidable quizmasters.

“We are hugely grateful to Jeremy for his dedication to the programme for an incredible 28 years, he will be much missed by us all and the show’s millions of viewers.”

Paxman has presented University Challenge since 1994 with this year seeing the show celebrate 60 years of being Britain’s longest running quiz show. A special documentary will air on BBC Two and iPlayer on Monday 29 August at 9PM.