Amol Rajan, former Independent editor and a regular on BBC shows, has been appointed as the BBC’s first media editor….reports Asian Lite News
Former Independent Editor Amol Rajan,33, has been appointed as BBC’s media editor. His brief will include: mergers, digital advances and media trends. He will continue to present The Big Debate on BBC Asian Network, the Independent reported.
“The revolution in media is upending politics, business and culture across the globe,” said Rajan. “From the role of fake news in elections, to the filter bubbles created by Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and the rest, the new news is changing how we live.
“Meanwhile, the worlds of print, television and advertising face daunting financial futures – while the BBC embarks on a whole new chapter of its own following charter renewal.
“It’s a vast brief but I am relishing the chance to get stuck in – and hugely excited to continue presenting on Asian Network.”
BBC director of news James Harding said: “Amol is an exceptional journalist whose achievements as editor of The Independent are widely admired. He has a proven record both as a story-getter and as a broadcaster, which he demonstrated repeatedly to the recruitment board.
“At a time when traditional media across print, television, radio and advertising face unprecedented challenges, and new digital disrupters and social media platforms are acquiring immense power, it’s essential we tell our audiences the story of the rapidly changing industry and he will bring huge intellectual energy and dynamism to this important role.”
Amol became Editor of The Independent in June 2013. Prior to his appointment, Amol was Media Adviser to Evgeny Lebedev, the publisher of The Independent and London Evening Standard.
He was previously Comment Editor, Leader Writer, and Sports News Correspondent for The Independent.
He was also regular panelist on programmes such as Question Time, MasterChef, Great British Menu, Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Lorraine, This Week and The Andrew Marr Show. For two years he held an on-screen role at Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. For six years he was a restaurant critic for The Independent on Sunday, and he has also written for publications including The Spectator, GQ, Politico Europe and New Statesman.