Jeremy Paxman provoked fears he will quit Newsnight as the BBC2 programme's chances of survival appeared to be fading last night.
The fiery presenter blamed 'cowards and incompetents' for the departure of director general George Entwistle as he damned a culture of 'timeserving' and 'biddable' managers.
His embittered response raised fears that he will leave the programme, where he is known for his combative questioning and refusal to tolerate evasive politicians.
Even staff on the programme are beginning to question whether it will be able to survive the crisis.
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