Amol Rajan to host The Media Show for BBC Radio 4.
“The Media Show, presented by the late, much missed Steve Hewlett, has become the place to go to make sense of the rapidly changing world of global media. It lays out the inside track, finds out what is really happening and analyses the implications for all of us. The best journalism is needed now more than ever as we seek to see our way through spin and fake news. Amol Rajan, the BBC’s Media Editor, is a fine journalist and I know he will take the programme forward with ambition and drive. I am pleased to welcome him to a new, regular home at Radio 4.” – Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4
Steve Hewlett had presented the programme since its launch in 2008, but sadly passed away this February. Amol Rajan is a familiar voice to Radio 4 listeners in his role as the Media Editor for BBC News, in which he reports on and oversees the beeb’s coverage on all stories about the media industry and its impact on business, politics and culture across the world. He has also presented episodes of Start the Week for the station as well as Any Answers and has deputised for Jeremy Vine and Simon Mayo on Radio 2. Steve is also one of the hosts of Asian Network’s The Big Debate.
The Media Show is Radio 4’s weekly examination of the latest stories and trends across the media industry in the UK and globally, providing an analysis of the media’s impact and its relationship with business, politics and society. Andrea Catherwood will continue to present some editions of the programme. The programme airs every Wednesday at 4pm. Amol will take on presenting duties of The Media Show from Wednesday the 10th of May.
Before joining the BBC, Amol was the Editor of The Independent newspaper and had been Media Adviser to Evgeny Lebedev, the publisher of The Independent and London Evening Standard. He was for six years a restaurant critic for The Independent on Sunday, wrote a regular column in the London Evening Standard and has written for publications including The Spectator, GQ, Politico Europe, New Statesman, and The Salisbury Review. He has also appeared on shows including Masterchef, Question Time and The One Show on BBC One as well as appearing on ITV’s Lorraine.
“It’s a thrilling time to cover the revolution in media – one that I have lived through over the course of my career. In particular, the impact big technology companies are having on not just the media but society more broadly is immense, and warrants scrutiny. I have been addicted to The Media Show for years and am genuinely humbled at the prospect of sitting in Steve Hewlett’s chair. He was a giant of broadcasting and I will do my utmost to maintain the very high standards he achieved.” – Amol Rajan