NDTV Group Editor and veteran journalist/anchor Barkha Dutt has stepped down from her role. NDTV’s Prannoy and Radhika Roy have informed group’s employees of her move in an internal e-mail.
Below is the full text of the e-mail.
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.
I know you will join us in wishing Barkha the very very best.
Radhika and Prannoy
Barkha Dutt, is a multi-award winning journalist who has covered wars and political coups with equal panache. She hosts the popular weekly TV show ‘We, The People’. Dutt has pushed the limits of intrepid news reporting far beyond the conventional.
Barkha graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi with a degree in English literature. She received a Master's in Mass Communications from Jamia Millia Islamia Mass Communication Research Center, New Delhi. She started her journalism career with NDTV and later rose to head the English news wing of the organization. She also obtained a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, New York assisted by an Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarship.
She received wide critical acclaim during her frontline reporting of the Kargil conflict in the summer of 1999. Since then, the focus of her work has been conflict reporting, covering areas ranging from Kashmir to Afghanistan to New York City.