Karan Thapar has put in his papers at CNN-IBN, where he has been one of the most prominent anchors. According to highly placed sources in the industry, Thapar put in his papers yesterday. He will be joining Headlines Today from April 1, 2014.
When contacted, Thapar refused to comment on his movement.
Thapar began his career in journalism with The Times in Lagos, Nigeria and later worked as their Lead Writer on the Indian Sub-continent till 1981. In 1982, he joined London Weekend Television, where he worked for the next 11 years. He then moved to India, where he worked with The Hindustan Times Television Group, Home TV and United Television, before setting up his own production house in August 2001, Infotainment Television, which makes programmes for, among others, the BBC, Doordarshan and Channel News Asia.
Currently, the President of Infotainment Television, Thapar is noted for his aggressive interviews with leading politicians and celebrities. His interviews with cricketer Kapil Dev, Narendra Modi, George Fernandes, J Jayalalithaa, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, General Pervez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto, Arun Jaitley, Ram Jethmalani, Condoleezza Rice and The Dalai Lama are particularly well remembered.
Some of his shows that have been much watched include ‘Eyewitness’, ‘Tonight at 10’, ‘In Focus with Karan’, ‘Line of Fire’ and ‘War of Words’. The shows with which he has been making headlines lately, include ‘Devil's Advocate’ and ‘The Last Word’ on CNN-IBN and ‘India Tonight’ on CNBC-TV18.