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Campaigners call for new University Challenge presenter to have a beard

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2022 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

16th August

Media Release

Contact BLF Organiser Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners call for new University Challenge presenter to have a beard

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with the news Jeremy Paxman is to stand down as presenter of University Challenge, his replacement should have a gravitas adding beard.

The programme has only ever had two presenters, the late Bamber Gascoigne and Jeremy Paxman. Neither has worn a beard on air.

The BLF has suggested some potential Paxman replacements:

Tim Dunn, transport historian and broadcaster

David Olusoga, academic, historian and broadcaster

Richard Osman, broadcaster and author

Michael Rosen, author, academic, broadcaster

Daniel Norcross- Test Match Special, quizmaster (write in below)

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, ironically in recent years Jeremy Paxman has often worn a beard but never when presenting University Challenge. We think it’s more than time for the programme to have a hirsute presenter although there is an equally good case for a woman to pick up the role- there are many distinguished possibilities.

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