BBC University Challenge host revealed as broadcaster Amol Rajan after Jeremy Paxman exit
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Amol Rajan has been revealed as the new host of University Challenge.
The 39 year-old will be the show’s third presenter in its 60 year history, and will start filming early next year before appearing on screen in the autumn 2023.
In a statement to the BBC, Rajan said: “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.
"I am very conscious that in the late, great Bamber, and that giant of British culture, Jeremy, I have vast shoes to fill. With his immense intellect, authority, and respect from students and viewers alike, Jeremy hands over a format, and show, as strong as ever.
"I won’t stop thinking today about my late, beloved Dad, whose devotion to Education brought him to England, whose love of Knowledge I imbibed as a kid, and whose belief in the noble challenge of university so shaped my life. I’ll devote my first Starter for 10 to him - and to the millions of quiz fiends who, like me, love those rare occasions when they know the answer before the students do.”
Jeremy Paxman , 72, has previously revealed that he is battling early onset Parkinson’s disease and has now announced he will be stepping down after presenting more than 1000 episodes of University Challenge.
Paxman, who has presented the show for 28 years since its BBC revival in 1994, will be stepping down after filming his final episodes this autumn which will then be aired in the summer next year.
Executive Producer of University Challenge, Peter Gwyn said: “The University Challenge production team is thrilled to be working with Amol as he takes the programme forward next year. We’ve long admired him as an outstanding journalist and broadcaster - especially as he had the guts to play for his own college in our Christmas series a few years ago!”