Jeremy Paxman bans Christmas trees in ‘Newsnight’ studio

But he was prepared to judge the year's singles for NME...

Jeremy Paxman has banned Christmas trees from the Newsnight set.

The political inquisitor’s apparent lack of festive cheer was revealed by BBC Breakfast hosts Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams. Turnbull said of the decorations in their own studio, “As soon as we’re gone it’s whipped out of the way,” while his co-presenter added: “Jeremy doesn’t want a tree in the studio. Bah Humbug!”

A source told The Sun today: “Jeremy doesn’t want his Newsnight set turned into Santa’s grotto. We think it’s hilarious, as do the Breakfast crew. But that’s Jeremy all over.”

However, Paxman has already proved himself this year this year to be prepared to enter into the Christmas spirit. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see him join Friendly Fires, Frankie Cocozza and stars of The Only Way Is Essex on this year’s NME singles of the year panel.

For the full story, check out the Christmas double issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now (December 20) or available digitally