Campaigners give qualified welcome to Amol Rajan as University Challenge quizmaster

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2022 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

18th August

Media Release

Contact BLF Organiser Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners give qualified welcome to Amol Rajan as University Challenge quizmaster

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said following the news Jeremy Paxman is to stand down as presenter of University Challenge, it has given a qualified welcome to the appointment of Amol Rajan as the new quizmaster.

Rajan, who is currently the BBC’s media Editor, has a distinctive beard, but with an Oxbridge background might be seen as an Establishment choice

The programme has only ever had two presenters, the late Bamber Gascoigne and Jeremy Paxman. Neither has worn a beard on air.

The BLF ran a poll on some potential Paxman replacements and found several with popular backing

David Olusoga, academic, historian and broadcaster

Richard Osman, broadcaster and author

Michael Rosen, author, academic, broadcaster

Daniel Norcross- Test Match Special, quizmaster

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we’re pleased that someone with a beard will at last present University Challenge and we congratulate Amol Rajan. We do feel however that the net might have been cast wider not just to other beard wearers but to excellent female presenters such as Samira Ahmed.

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