Veteran news anchor Karan Thapar is no longer part of the India Today Group. The award-winning journalist anchored his last newscast for TV Today Network on April 14. At India Today Television, he used to anchor a program called ‘To The Point’. When contacted by exchange4media, Thapar chose to reserve his comments but did indicate that he has indeed moved on from TV Today, which is led by Aroon Purie.
Following the formal takeover of Network18 by Reliance, Thapar ended his long-standing association with CNN-News18, formerly CNN IBN, by joining India Today in April 2014. Thapar, who is the son of former chief of army staff General Prem Nath Thapar, began his journalistic innings far away from India as a journalist for The Times (UK) in Nigeria. However, his association with print media was short lived as Thapar moved on to work with London Weekend Television.
After spending a decade in Britain, Thapar returned to India where he cemented his legacy as a formidable television presenter through memorable interviews and newscasts. He was instrumental in setting up HT Vision Limited in 1991 as executive producer. Thereafter, he headed to Home TV as director of programmes in the mid 1990s. Following stints with Star and UTV, he initiated Infotainment Television in 2001. This production company went on to produce reputed shows for BBC like Hardtalk India and Face to Face, many of which were shot by Thapar at Jamia’s Mass Communication Research Centre.
Known for his probing interviews, prominent personalities like Narendra Modi and Ram Jehtmalani walked out during tapings of Devil’s Advocate due to Thapar’s style of questioning. Schooled at the famous Doon School in Dehradun, Thapar is an alumnus of the prestigious Oxbridge club. After shouldering the responsibility of being the president of Cambridge Union, he obtained a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.