Barkha Dutt has quit NDTV after being associated with the channel for 21 years. Her last position was that of Consulting Editor at NDTV. Going by her tweet, buzz is that she will soon be starting her own venture, however, nothing has been confirmed yet.
She wrote on Twitter, “It’s been a super ride at NDTV but new beginning in 2017. I shall be moving on from NDTV to explore new opportunities & my own ventures!”
Dutt joined NDTV in 1995 and soon became one of its most prized journalists. Her fiery debates and fearless reporting, especially during the Kargil war in 1999, won her acclaim over the years. She later became the face of NDTV’s We The People, winning several awards. She also tweeted, “Did my last We The People. At 16 yrs its longest running TV show which I built from scratch,won scores of awards for& am hugely proud of.”
Yesterday, NDTV issued a statement which read:
In 1995, Barkha Dutt joined NDTV straight out of college, and now, after 21 wonderful years together, Barkha has requested that she would like to explore some new opportunities, pursue other interests and work on her own ventures.
In all her years with NDTV, she has been hugely productive and has grown with the organisation, becoming an acclaimed, award-winning journalist of repute across India and many parts of the world. We are certain that Barkha will go from strength to strength and NDTV wishes her all the very best.
As soon as her resignation was announced Twitterati went abuzz on a Sunday evening with good wishes pouring in as she replied to most with a hope filled message. No stranger to controversy, her resignation also had her being heavily trolled on Twitter.
Dutt is also a recipient of the Padma Shri award.