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Nina Myskow (born 18 May 1946) is a British journalist and television personality who was a columnist for The Sun and the News of the World , under the byline "The Bitch on the Box", in the 1980s. She appeared on New Faces , and has been a regular contributor on Grumpy Old Women and on many countdown list shows.


Early life

Myskow attended Wykeham Collegiate School in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where she learned to speak Afrikaans. [1] She moved to Scotland with her family at the age of 15. [2] She studied English literature at the University of St Andrews, but did not graduate. [3]


Myskow was a writer for Jackie for some years and then became the first female editor of the magazine. [3] She appeared as a panellist on Through the Keyhole and three series of New Faces. She has reviewed the newspapers on This Morning and contributed to discussions on The Alan Titchmarsh Show , Daybreak and The Michael Ball Show , the last of which was cancelled in 2010. Her autobiography was entitled Love, Sex and the Pursuit of Chocolate.

She appeared on the Big Brother spin-off show Big Brother's Bit on the Side a number of times as well as entering the Big Brother House for a media training task in August 2012. In 2015 she appeared on a celebrity edition of game show Pointless with Giles Brandreth and won a trophy.

The Sunday People and Myskow, by then writing for the News of the World , lost a libel action brought by the actress Charlotte Cornwell in December 1985. A jury at the High Court awarded Cornwell £10,000 in damages. In an article for the People, Myskow had referred to Cornwell as ugly and middle-aged, and written that her "bum is too big". [4] The damages were raised to 11,500 pounds at a retrial after Myskow appealed, but costs were awarded against Cornwell. [5]

Myskow has been criticised for stating that women doing their makeup on the train were "lazy and selfish", and that millennials are "snowflakes". [6]

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