Amol Rajan

Amol Rajan is the BBC's first ever Media Editor, covering the global impact of the rapidly changing media landscape across politics, business, and culture for the BBC's biggest news outputs including the ‘Six O'Clock News’ and the ‘Ten O'Clock’ News. He is also a regular presenter on Radio 2’s the ‘Breakfast Show’, ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and ‘Drivetime’.

On Radio 4 he is a presenter for the flagship programmes ‘Today’, ‘Start the Week’ and ‘Rethink’, the latter being a hugely successful series of programmes and podcasts resulting in a book, due to be published in May 2021. He has also presented ‘The Imperial Inversion of Cricket’ (2018), ‘Archive on 4: Rivers of Blood’ (2018), and ‘The Decline of the West’ (2018) and for 4 years he was presenter of Radio 4’s ‘The Media Show’.

Career Background

Before joining the BBC, Amol was Editor of The Independent and was instrumental in facilitating its successful transition from print to electronic media. When appointed in June 2013, aged 29, he was both the youngest ever Editor of a British broadsheet title, and the first non-white Editor in Fleet Street history. 

Prior to being Editor, he was Comment Editor, Sports News Correspondent and News Reporter for the title, and for two years was adviser to Evgeny Lebedev, the paper's owner.

He hosted a weekly interview show on London Live called 'The Headline Interview', in which he spoke one to-one with influential Londoners including Boris Johnson, Chuka Umunna, Sadiq Khan, Sharon Shoesmith, Prue Leith, and Peter Bazalgette. He wrote a weekly column in the Evening Standard, was restaurant critic for The Independent on Sunday for 6 years, and still writes regularly for GQ, Politico Europe, The Spectator and the New Statesman.

Television Appearances

His regular TV appearances have included Question Time, Masterchef, Great British Menu, Newsnight, The Daily Politics, The Andrew Marr Show, and Lorraine. Recently he has appeared on BBC’s The One Show, Sunday Politics and Chris Evans’ Show. He is a regular presenter on the ‘Media Show’ and on BBC2 presented current affairs documentaries as well as ‘How To Break Into the Elite in 2019.  Before joining The Independent, Amol spent two years on-screen as the 'mic boy' on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff, to which he also has returned as a panellist. 

In June 2021, he will present a 2-part TV documentary, and a 10-part podcast, on Britain's royal family. In 2022, he will present a 2-part TV documentary on social mobility, following the success of ‘How To Break Into the Elite’.

Books

Amol is a cricket enthusiast and plays for the Authors XI cricket team. He combined his interest in cricket with writing his first book, ‘Twirlymen, the Unlikely History of Cricket's Greatest Spin Bowlers’ (2011).

Education and Childhood

Born in Calcutta, India Amol moved to London when he was 3 and grew up in Tooting, South London. Amol read English at Downing College, University of Cambridge, during which time he edited Varsity, the student newspaper. At the age of 18, he spent a gap year in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Personal Life

Amol is Patron of Prospex, a charity for young people in Islington. He is the co-founder of KEY Sessions, a charity for inner city teenagers in London. He married Charlotte Faircloth in September 2013 and is obsessed with reggae.