Barkha Dutt quits NDTV to start own policy group

NEW DELHI:  Barkha Dutt, who has emerged as the face of NDTV, has decided to relinquish her position as Group Editor and start her multi-media content company and her own policy group. She will, however, continue to be Consulting Editor of NDTV which runs a bouquet of news channels in English and in Hindi.

This decision about the award-winning anchor’s future plans was announced in a letter to NDTV employees by its founders Radhika and Prannoy Roy on Monday.

Barkha Dutt joined NDTV about two decades ago when the channel was emerging from a production house creating a nightly news bulletin for Doordarshan to becoming a full-fledged channel on its own right. She earned a name by reporting the Kargil war from the bunkers and anchoring news and the interactive weekly program, We The People. She was in the news herself, though for wrong reasons, after her name figured in the Radia tapes for allegedly brokering with politicians on behalf of a corporate lobbyist.

Here is the text of the founders’ letter:

Dear All

Barkha Dutt was only 23 when she joined NDTV as a young reporter cum producer. NDTV was the first place she ever worked in and for two decades we have seen her evolve into one of our most prolific reporters. She has been a key member of the NDTV family and a big part of our memorable journey from a production house that created a nightly news bulletin for Doordarshan to what we are today. She has worn many hats for NDTV: journalist, anchor, editor and NDTV has been both her learning ground and her second home.

Now twenty years later we wish her all the very best as she embarks on yet another role with us. Barkha will be moving to the role of Consulting Editor. She will remain as closely associated with NDTV as she has all these years as the anchor for Buck Stops Here on weeknights and We The People on weekends. She will also be available as always for analysis and inputs on big news events and stories. While her TV relationship with NDTV remains unchanged, in her new role she will be setting up her own multi-media content company and policy group. We have literally seen Barkha grow from a child to an adult professional and look forward to our close bonds only strengthening further as she embarks on this new venture.

Radhika & Prannoy

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