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Paxo, Katz and the Two Kims

Former Guardian deputy editor Ian Katz is bringing in some controversial changes to Newsnight

By David Herman  
Paxo's beard: A grim omen?

What is going on at Newsnight? Reporters are departing and sharing their redundancy woes on Twitter. Paxman has grown a beard and looks thoroughly disaffected. Then there’s the general weirdness that pervades the programme, from Kirsty Wark dancing with zombies on the Halloween episode to Cheryl Cole’s tattoo and, of course, Russell Brand. It was striking that when Nelson Mandela died, the Ten O’Clock News special kept going on BBC1 with the…

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