The journalist and broadcaster Amol Rajan has been introduced as the brand new host of College Problem, taking on from Jeremy Paxman.
The presenter will take up the function in autumn 2023, with Paxman to have one last season asking the questions on the quizshow.
Rajan, 39, will mix the function together with his different jobs presenting episodes of Radio 4’s At this time programme and his personal tv interview collection. He has grew to become ubiquitous throughout the BBC lately, having additionally hosted episodes of The One Present and acted as a stand-in host for each Zoë Ball and Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 exhibits. When he takes up the College Problem job he will likely be stepping down as BBC media editor, a publish he has held for six years.
Earlier than becoming a member of the BBC, Rajan was the ultimate editor of the print version of the Unbiased, having been appointed to the function aged 29 in 2013 by the proprietor, Evgeny Lebedev. Rajan had beforehand labored for Lebedev as a media adviser.
His appointment to the College Problem job has attracted some controversy across the hiring course of. When it was introduced this week that Paxman could be stepping down, Samira Ahmed, a fellow BBC presenter, publicly said that she was sad with the applying system.
Ahmed, who beforehand received an unequal pay declare in opposition to the BBC, mentioned she had approached the manufacturing staff concerning the job, having labored on the present as a stand-by presenter for the previous yr.
“I approached College Problem myself months in the past … I’ve cherished working with the fab staff who appear to like me and simply narrated a UC [University Challenge] documentary that’s going out on BBC Two. However nobody from the BBC has spoken to me but about taking on. I’ve all the time been pleased to undergo an trustworthy honest course of and be judged on my deserves. I nonetheless am.”
Rajan mentioned he was delighted to turn out to be solely the third host within the present’s 60-year historical past, following Paxman and the just lately deceased Bamber Gascogine.
He mentioned: “Being requested to host my favorite TV programme is dream-come-true territory. I’ve watched College Problem obsessively for years, hooked on its excessive requirements, wonderful title music, and inspirational contestants. It’s the very best antidote to cynicism about younger individuals, permitting tens of millions of us to check our wits in opposition to the perfect minds of a brand new technology, and annoy and impress our households by barking solutions from the couch.
“I’m very acutely aware that within the late, nice Bamber, and that enormous of British tradition, Jeremy, I’ve huge sneakers to fill. Together with his immense mind, authority, and respect from college students and viewers alike, Jeremy fingers over a format, and present, as robust as ever.
“I received’t cease considering in the present day about my late, beloved Dad, whose devotion to training introduced him to England, whose love of data I imbibed as a child, and whose perception within the noble problem of college so formed my life. I’ll dedicate my first ”starter for 10” to him – and to the tens of millions of quiz fiends who, like me, love these uncommon events after they know the reply earlier than the scholars do.”