BBC Asian Network presenter Amol Rajan has been appointed as the BBC’s first Media Editor.
He’ll report on and oversee coverage on all stories about the media industry, from global mergers to digital advances and their impact on business, politics and culture across the world. The post will not only report on the latest media trends, but will help the audience to understand what the changes mean for the world around them.
He’ll continue to host The Big Debate on BBC Asian Network as well as other radio shows – he presented an episode of Radio 4’s Start The Week in November and will be presenting Any Answers on the same station on 10th December.
James Harding, the BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs, says: “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 Rajan says: “I am thrilled to accept this challenge. The revolution in media is upending politics, business and culture across the globe. 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.”
Amol was appointed following an open and competitive recruitment process by a BBC News board.