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Amol Rajan is the BBC’s Media Editor, the first person to hold this newly created post. He is also an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week and Any Answers and the One Show. He hosts the Media Show on BBC Radio 4. He has also appeared on shows Newsnight, Question Time, The Papers, This Week and Breakfast, Celebrity Mastermind and the Antiques Roadshow. Before joining the BBC Amol was Editor of the Independent newspaper, having worked there since 2007. Amol is a well-known restaurant critic and has been a guest on the judging panel of MasterChef. Amol’s first book, a history of cricket’s greatest spin-bowlers entitled Twirlymen, was published by Yellow Jersey Press (Random House). Amol was born in Calcutta, India, and was three years old when his family moved to England. He studied English at Downing College, Cambridge after spending his gap year at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.