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Jeremy Paxman to host Channel 4 election coverage

Jeremy Paxman
Image caption Jeremy Paxman quit Newsnight in June after 25 years

Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman will host Channel 4's coverage of the 2015 general election.

Paxman, who quit the BBC programme in June, said: "There are new and interesting questions to ask about the way we choose our governments. This should be fun."

Channel 4 executive Jay Hunt called Paxman "a compelling presenter" adding his "sense of mischief and danger make him a fantastic fit with 4".

The election will be held on 7 May.

Paxman hosted his final edition of Newsnight earlier this year after 25 years fronting the programme. He is being replaced by Radio 4's Today frontman Evan Davis - who starts on 29 September.

The BBC announced in February that Question Time's David Dimbleby will present his final general election coverage in 2015.

It will be the 75-year-old's ninth general election, since first covering the 1979 results which saw Margaret Thatcher become prime minister.

BBC News presenter Huw Edwards will take over from Dimbleby for future election coverage.

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