Jeremy Paxman in talks to move to Channel 4

The news was confirmed at the Edinburgh International Television Festival

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Jeremy Paxman is in talks with Channel 4 after leaving rival broadcaster BBC.

Paxman, who is currently performing a one-man comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, left BBC Newsnight in June after 25 years.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Channel 4 chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, confirmed she was talking to Paxman, The Telegraph reported.

She told her audience that she knew Paxman from when she had worked at the BBC herself.

And she insisted that any role taken on by Paxman would not threaten the position of fellow journalist Jon Snow.

Hunt said: "I have known Jeremy for years and worked with him on Newsnight. Jon Snow should not be worried in any way.

"But am I in talks? Yes, of course."


Paxman was interviewed by Snow ahead of his Newsnight departure.

But when Snow referenced the potential move to Channel 4, Paxman kept tight-lipped.

"I don’t know Jon," he said.

Paxman announced his departure from BBC2's flagship current affairs show in April, saying he wanted to "go to bed at much the same time as most people".