Broadcaster Amol Rajan appointed new host of College Problem

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ournalist and broadcaster Amol Rajan will take over from Jeremy Paxman as host of College Problem from autumn 2023, the BBC has mentioned.

Paxman is ending his reign because the longest-serving present quizmaster on UK TV after 28 years.

Rajan, 39, will turn out to be solely the third particular person to host within the programme’s 60-year historical past. Bamber Gascoigne launched the quiz in 1962.

Amol Rajan (Jeff Overs/BBC/PA) / PA Media

Rajan has been the BBC’s media editor since December 2016 and a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s At the moment programme since Could 2021.

He has additionally introduced on BBC Radio 2 and The One Present, and was beforehand editor of The Unbiased newspaper.

Rajan 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, superb title music, and inspirational contestants.

“It’s the absolute best antidote to cynicism about younger individuals, permitting hundreds of thousands of us to check our wits towards one of the best minds of a brand new technology, and annoy and impress our households by barking solutions from the couch. “I’m very aware that within the late, nice Bamber (Gascoigne), and that big of British tradition, Jeremy, I’ve huge footwear to fill. Along with his immense mind, authority, and respect from college students and viewers alike, Jeremy arms over a format, and present, as robust as ever. “I received’t cease considering right now about my late, beloved Dad, whose devotion to schooling 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 commit my first ‘starter for 10’ to him – and to the hundreds of thousands of quiz fiends who, like me, love these uncommon events after they know the reply earlier than the scholars do.”

Rajan, who will step down as media editor at BBC Information later within the 12 months, will start filming early subsequent 12 months and be seen on display from autumn 2023.

Throughout his time on the BBC, The Duchess of Sussex complained about Rajan’s reporting of her authorized case towards the Mail On Sunday in his podcast Harry, Meghan And The Media present.

Equally, his BBC documentary The Princes And The Press was criticised by the royal households and he apologised for feedback which resurfaced from a decade in the past which referred to as the Duke of Edinburgh a “racist buffoon” and the Prince of Wales “scientifically illiterate”.

The BBC’s 2021/22 annual report confirmed Rajan was on a wage of £325,000-£329,999 and he’s anticipated to be paid extra as College Problem host.

He’ll proceed to be a presenter on the At the moment programme and also will proceed the Amol Rajan Interviews present.

In 2020, Rajan appeared as a contestant on a celeb Christmas particular of College Problem, nonetheless his staff from Downing School, Cambridge, did not make it by the primary spherical, dropping to Durham College.

Bobby Seagull, who rose to fame because of his time as a contestant on the quiz present in 2017, was amongst these congratulating Rajan.

He wrote on Twitter: “Congrats @amolrajan on the brand new #UniversityChallenge internet hosting function. Better of luck.

“In the course of the longer term, there’ll be an #OnlyConnect query with the first three clues asBamber / Paxman / Rajan. Simply want to attend for the 4th host to make a full set!”

College Problem celebrates its sixtieth anniversary later this 12 months.


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