Amol Rajan ‘says he doesn’t want to be in running for next BBC political editor’ amid fury surrounding princes-at-war documentary that saw him APOLOGISE for ‘rude and immature’ attacks on old articles
- EXCLUSIVE: BBC media editor Amol Rajan has ‘told friends he does not want job’
- The BBC added Laura Kuenssberg was political editor and there was ‘no vacancy’
- It comes as the BBC slapped down claims over why Rajan missed Radio 4’s Today
Presenter Amol Rajan has no interest in becoming the BBC’s political editor, sources have told MailOnline.
The Corporation’s media editor told friends he does not want the job whenever Laura Kuenssberg steps down, the insiders said.
It comes as a spokesman slapped down claims he missed two Radio 4 Today programmes due to controversy swirling around a show he hosted on the royals.
The BBC said it was ‘completely false’ he stepped aside amid fury over The Princes and the Press and was instead due to his workload.
Presenter Amol Rajan has no interest in becoming the BBC’s political editor, sources told MailOnline
The Corporation’s media editor told friends he does not want the job whenever Laura Kuenssberg steps down, the insiders said
‘This clan is full of fools’: Rajan’s rantings
On William and Kate
Urged them to ‘renounce the luxuries of royal patronage and aristocracy’
Described their public role as a ‘total fraud’, adding: ‘Neither of you have a special claim on the glorious city of Cambridge so quit pretending you do’
Said that rather than a ‘vast palace’ they should raise their family in a ‘decent suburban townhouse’ and send their child to a ‘normal school’
On Prince Philip
A ‘racist buffoon’
On Prince Charles
On the Diamond Jubilee
A ‘celebration of mediocrity’
On the Royal Family
‘Aside from the Queen – whose public image is crafted by an ever-expanding team of propagandists – this clan is unusually full of fools’
A source told MailOnline ‘Amol has told friends he doesn’t want the job’ to replace Ms Kuenssberg while the BBC added ‘there is no vacancy for political editor’.
Reports first emerged she was in talks to step down in October as part of a major reshuffle at the top of the broadcaster.
It was rumoured the journalist would become a presenter on the Today programme but no date was mentioned.
Meanwhile the BBC rubbished claims Mr Rajan was forced to sit out two episodes of the Today programme amid the rage over The Princes and the Press.
It hit back at claims the 38-year-old missed Tuesday and Wednesday’s shows due to the backlash.
The BBC told MailOnline: ‘Amol swapped shifts because of workload. He was on yesterday morning.’
Mr Rajan was last week forced into a humiliating apology over his ‘rude and immature’ attacks on the Royal Family before he joined the BBC.
A series of past tweets emerged in which the presenter called for the downfall of the ‘ridiculous House of Windsor’ and joked about ‘throwing a brick’ at Kate Middleton.
In one message, posted on the day of Trooping the Colour in June 2012, he even said the BBC’s ‘monarchist propaganda’ made him sick.
The BBC media editor said he ‘deeply regretted’ his ‘foolish’ comments before he joined the broadcaster and claimed he feels ‘real embarrassment’.
He issued the statement of apology on Twitter after a string of his incendiary remarks about the royals published in 2012 in The Independent – where he worked before the BBC – were exposed.
In opinion pieces, Mr Rajan said the role of the Cambridges was a ‘total fraud’, called Prince Philip a ‘racist buffoon’ and described the Royal Family in general as ‘unusually full of fools’.
Apologising for the remarks, he tweeted: ‘In reference to very reasonable questions about some foolish commentary from a former life, I want to say I deeply regret it.
‘I wrote things that were rude and immature and I look back on them now with real embarrassment, and ask myself what I was thinking, frankly.
‘I would like to say sorry for any offence they caused then or now. I’m completely committed to impartiality and hope our recent programmes can be judged on their merits.’
Amol Rajan – the BBC journalist who presented The Princes And The Press – today apologised for his old comments
The 38-year-old, who was said to have issued the statement of his own accord and independently of the BBC, later said his apology extended to all commentary, including the newly unearthed tweets.
In social media posts spanning years, Mr Rajan repeatedly targeted and ridiculed various royals.
In one from March 2012, he proclaimed ‘I’m anti-royal’, before adding: ‘The House of Windsor is a little more than the industrialisation of mediocrity. Utterly uninspiring bunch.’
In January and again in May that year he posted: ‘Down with the ridiculous House of Windsor.’
In another post at the end of 2012, he asked a fellow user about an animal show, adding: ‘I’m about to throw a brick at Kate and Wills and would love a good cat sanctuary right now.’
The Cambridge University graduate also appeared to make cruel digs about the looks and intelligence of several members of the Royal Family.
In one tweet from April 2011, he said: ‘Strikes me the major consolation of the House of Windsor is that William is making us late-twentysomethings feel less bad about going bald.’
In another post at the end of 2013 he said in response to a now deleted tweet: ‘And an endless procession of idiots praising Elizabeth Windsor for her good sense, wisdom, common touch, sense of duty etc.’
Amol Rajan – the BBC journalist who presented The Princes And The Press – made the incendiary remarks about William and Kate (pictured with Harry and Meghan in 2019) in articles written in 2012 for The Independent – the newspaper he edited
He also said of the Duchess of Cambridge that it was ‘ludicrous’ that she was number two in the Time Person of the Year 2011 and that the titles she and Prince William held were ‘absurd’.
Mr Rajan claimed Prince Charles was not ‘bright enough’ to understand ethics, before retweeting a post from another writer which added that the heir to the throne ‘isn’t bright enough to brush his own teeth’.
In a tweet posted on June 16, 2012 – the day of Trooping the Colour – he said: ‘This utterly relentless, spirit-crushing monarchist propaganda on the BBC is making me ill. Need to watch some sport, quick.’
The revelations piled more pressure on the BBC over its handling of his recent documentary, which drew censure from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace and accusations of bias.
Critics argued the broadcaster jeopardised its impartiality by commissioning the film about the young royals fronted by a previously outspoken critic of the monarchy.
The series was criticised by the royal households for giving credibility to ‘overblown and unfounded claims’ and is thought to have prompted the broadcast of a special Christmas carol service led by the Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey to be moved from the BBC to ITV.
However, a BBC spokesman insisted: ‘Once journalists join the BBC, they leave past views at the door.
‘Amol is an experienced BBC journalist who reports on all of the topics he covers in an impartial way and in line with the BBC’s editorial guidelines.’
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