Broadcaster Amol Rajan appointed new host of College Problem



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

Rajan, 39, takes over from Paxman, who’s stepping down as host of the TV quiz present after 28 years, ending his reign because the longest-serving present quizmaster on UK TV.

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

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

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

Rajan stated: “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 thousands and thousands of us to check our wits towards one of the best minds of a brand new era, 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. Together with his immense mind, authority, and respect from college students and viewers alike, Jeremy palms over a format, and present, as sturdy as ever. “I received’t cease considering right now 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 thousands and thousands of quiz fiends who, like me, love these uncommon events once they know the reply earlier than the scholars do.”

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

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

This yr College Problem celebrates 60 years.

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