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BBC's Eddie Mair fears for job despite getting the better of Boris

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By John Glenday, Reporter

April 2, 2013 | 2 min read

BBC journalist Eddie Mair has revealed he is fearful about whether or not his contract will be renewed, despite winning plaudits for a combative performance against London mayor Boris Johnson.

Appealing to the broadcaster to ‘call my agent’ Mair added that he harboured no pretensions to take over from BBC stalwarts Jeremy Paxman, Andrew Marr or John Humphrys insisting that ‘I don’t want Jeremy’s job. Or John’s. Or Andrew’s. I like mine.’

In an article for the Radio Times Mair wrote: “Though my contract is up soon and I haven’t heard anything, so if you run a radio or TV station and you think there’s a future for a 47-year-old in a bad wig — call my agent.”

In a tongue in cheek acknowledgement of his new found fame Mair added: “I’m sorry that in recent days my fizzog has been popping up in newspapers, magazines and on tea towels. I’m only pleased that what doctors feared was a frightening surge in cases of Clostridium difficile could in fact be traced to the public’s reaction to my sudden ubiquitousness.”

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