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BBC fails to screen Jeremy Paxman getting challenged by Boris Johnson on his own BBC salary

Boris Johnson's appearance on Newsnight on Monday night was quite something. Classic TV:

Missing from the interview, however, were exchanges when Boris challenged Jeremy Paxman to be as transparent about his own BBC salary as he is as Mayor of London.  The Daily Mail has the story:

"The unscreened exchanges are said to have included a section where the Mayor, whose post pays around £140,000, pointed out that Londoners could see how much he earned while TV personalities are not subject to the same level of openness. Mr Johnson is said to have challenged the presenter five or six times to say what he earned, then turned to others in the studio and said: 'He won't tell us, he won't tell us."

Shame on the BBC for not screening that.

Tim Montgomerie


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