Amol Rajan unveiled ‘brilliant’ Remain poster: ‘It may have kept Britain in Europe’

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On Monday, Mr Rajan presented his first BBC Radio 4 Today programme after being announced as the person to replace John Humphrys in March. An hour after coming off air he tweeted he had had a “full on panic attack” the night before, having “worked myself up into a frenzy”. He added: “Had 3 massive rums and a bit else. Got 1hr kip, in at 3:45am.”

Mr Rajan need not have worried if the responses to his first show are anything to go by.

On Twitter, scores of people praised his being “brilliant” and a “breath of fresh air”.

Many noted that he didn’t sound “over the top” or “aggressive” in interviewing Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, traits his predecessor Mr Humphrys was often accused of having.

Mr Rajan is no stranger to the BBC having been the broadcaster’s media editor since 2016, a role which he will continue.

Shortly before taking the editor job, Mr Rajan posted a tweet of a poster not used by the Remain camp in the recent Brexit referendum.

The poster, designed by Saatchi and Saatchi, showed a shirtless Nigel Farage, then fronting up the Leave.EU campaign, lying in a bed with the slogan: “Don’t wake up to something you’ll regret.”

Sharing the image, Mr Rajan tweeted: “Yes it’s personal, but I have to say this poster that Remain never used is rather brilliant – and I suspect may have kept Britain in Europe.”

The journalist’s sarcasm fell on many deaf ears in the comment section.

One user replied: “I don’t see the argument. Turnout shows those to be mobilised by ‘don’t let Nigel Farage win’ did vote; the problem was elsewhere.”

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Another wrote: “The fact you think it’s ‘rather brilliant’ would sway anyone, highlights your lack of critical analysis on both counts.”

Announcing he had secured the fifth presenting role alongside Mishal Husain, Justin Webb, Nick Robinson and Martha Kearney, in a statement, Mr Rajan said: “Today is one of the most powerful institutions in British journalism; and the prevailing winds of our time make its job, and influence, yet more vital.

“It has a world-class team, both on and off air, under strong and effective new leadership.

“My aim is just to do them, and our listeners, proud.


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“I’ve no intention of trying to reinvent news, and think the best thing is to keep it simple.

“Be fair, get to the truth, and don’t screw up.”

The BBC isn’t Mr Rajan’s first place of work in the media.

In 2013, he became the first ethnic minority editor of a national British newspaper, The Independent.

Joseph Harker, The Guardian’s deputy opinion editor, congratulated Mr Rajan on the job at the time, but added: “Rajan is himself a Cambridge graduate, and has been a member of Independent owner Evgeny Lebedev’s inner circle for several years.

“So it’s likely Lebedev considered him a safe pair of hands – despite him being only 29 years old.”

He spent three years at the newspaper before it put an end to its print title and focused on its digital production, working for a short while after as its editor-at-large.

Meanwhile, as well as current roles, Mr Rajan will front a new two-part royal documentary.

He will also have his own interview series on BBC Two.

The programme will see him talking to high-profile guests who shape society, including business leaders, tech bosses and cultural influencers.

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