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Who is new University Challenge host Amol Rajan? – The Sun | The Sun

Aug 18, 2022

AMOL Rajan has seen his career soar, since first bursting on to the scene as a food critic.

In August 2022, it was announced he had landed his biggest job to date as the new host of University Challenge.

Who is Amol Rajan and what TV shows has he been on?

Amol Rajan was born on July 4, 1983 in Calcutta, India, he was just three years old when his family moved to England.

After completing his secondary education in Tooting, London, he undertook an English degree at Downing College, Cambridge.

Just like fellow food critic Jay Rayner, Amol edited his student newspaper during his time at university.

The Talented writer Amol worked in a number of different roles at The Independent newspaper – from sports correspondent to editor.

He has also been a columnist for the Evening Standard.

Rajan is also known for his work as a restaurant critic, which he carried out on behalf of the Independent on Sunday.

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After switching to broadcasting,  Amol is known for being part of the Radio 4 Today programme presenting team.

On TV he is known for his BBC documentary entitled The Princes and The Press, which looked at Prince William's and Harry's relationship with the media.

Many will also recognise Rajan from The Wright Stuff, where he worked as a presenter from 2006-2007.

The food-lover has also helped John Torode and Gregg Wallace judge different dishes on popular BBC cooking show MasterChef, and has also appeared on shows Newsnight, Question Time, The Papers, This Week and Breakfast, and The One Show.

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When will Amol take over as University Challenge host?

On August 18, 2022 Amol was announced as the new host of University Challenge after Jeremy Paxman quit.

It comes after Jeremy confirmed he would be leaving the BBC Two programme after 28 years.

The BBC confirmed that journalist and broadcaster Amol, 39, will be his replacement.

Amol said in a statement: "Being asked to host my favourite TV programme is dream-come-true territory.

"I have watched University Challenge obsessively for years, addicted to its high standards, glorious title music, and inspirational contestants.

"It's the best possible antidote to cynicism about young people, allowing millions of us to test our wits against the best minds of a new generation, and annoy and impress our families by barking answers from the sofa."

Is Amol married and does he have children?

Charlotte is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science, at University College London’s Institute of Education.

They share two children, a son called Winston and a younger girl called Jamaica.

What is his net worth?

Amol's exact net worth is unknown at this time.

However, his salary at the BBC was revealed by the broadcaster in July 2022.

Amol is now paid £325K to £329,999 a year, which has gone up by £80K.

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