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 outputs. Among his many accomplishments and engagements, Amol’s popularity and recognisability soared as a result of him presenting the ‘The One Show’ for BBC One as well as excelling in his role as a presenter for Radio 2 in addition to conducting the role on both ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and ‘Drivetime’. A highly respected and much sought after speaker and public figure, Amol Rajan is available to hire as a speaker or event host for your next event or function through his booking agent, Champions Speakers Agency.
An Indian native, Amol Rajan moved to London when he was three and grew up in Tooting, South London. Going on to read English at Downing College, University of Cambridge, during his time at the educational institute the talented speaker edited Varsity, the student newspaper. At the age of 18, Amol spent a gap year in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) before going on to join the BBC. Amol has also been the Editor of The Independent and is known to be instrumental in assisting facilitate the successful transition from print to electronic media. Upon being appointed to the role in June 2013, Amol became the youngest ever editor of a British broadsheet title, and the first non-white editor in Fleet Street history, achieving the feat aged 29.
An incredibly eloquent speaker, presenter and media figure, Rajan has hosted a weekly interview show on London Live called 'The Headline Interview', in which he has engaged in one-to-one conversations with influential figures across the capital such as Boris Johnson, Chuka Umunna and Sadiq Khan as well as personalities like Sharon Shoesmith, Prue Leith, and Peter Bazalgette. Widely regarded and celebrated as a prolific writer across a range of subjects, Amol wrote a weekly column in the Evening Standard, worked as a restaurant critic for The Independent on Sunday for six years and still regularly authors for esteemed publications such as GQ, Politico Europe, The Spectator and the New Statesman.
No stranger to big stages and television sets, Amol Rajan has made regular TV appearances in recent years which have included stints on Question Time, Masterchef, Great British Menu, Newsnight, The Daily Politics, The Andrew Marr Show, and Lorraine. Prior to joining The Independent, Amol spent two years on-screen as the 'mic boy' on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff, to which he recently returned as a panellist.
Renowned as a keen cricket enthusiast, Rajan plays for the Authors XI cricket team and experty combines his interest in cricket with his desire to write with his first book, ‘Twirlymen, the Unlikely History of Cricket's Greatest Spin Bowlers’, which was published by Random House in 2011. The multi-talented and reputable presenter and editor can be booked for your next event or engagement through his booking agent, Champions Speakers Agency.