Jeremy Paxman, 71, reveals he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Jeremy Paxman, 71, reveals he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease


JEREMY Paxman has revealed he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The University Challenge host, 71, says his symptoms are "currently mild" – and he is receiving "excellent treatment".

In a statement, he said: "I can confirm I have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"I am receiving excellent treatment and my symptoms are currently mild.

"I plan to continue broadcasting and writing for as long as they'll have me and have written about my diagnosis in more detail for the June issue of the marvellous Saga Magazine.

"I will not be making any further comment."

It comes a month after the presenter was seen out in Manchester using a walking stick after breaking his ribs during a fall as he walked his dog.

Born in Leeds, Paxman started his career in 1972 on the BBC's graduate trainee programme, working in local radio and reporting on the Troubles in Belfast.

Shortly after moving to London in 1977, he transferred from Tonight to investigative flagship programme Panorama, before stints on the Six O'Clock News and BBC One's Breakfast Time.

He became a presenter of Newsnight in 1989, a position he would hold until June 2014.

While hosting the role, he became known for his fearsome interview style as he quizzed high-profile figures from politics and culture.

He decided to bow out of the role – to the relief of his interviewees – after 25 years.

Paxman has also presented University Challenge since 1994, making him the longest serving current quizmaster on UK TV.

But recently he has suffered some health troubles.

He revealed he had been badly injured on a dog walk in a column for Saga.

He said he had "no recollection" of the fall because he "blacked out beforehand, or did so when my nose hit the ground".

He said "there was certainly a lot of blood afterwards", adding his spaniel-Dalmatian cross Derek "must have seen a squirrel and jerked on his lead".

And in 2016 he was rushed into intensive care suffering from a potentially deadly blood clot in his lungs after a routine operation on his knee.

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