Barkha Dutt quits NDTV after 21 years

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor

Barkha Dutt
Barkha Dutt

One of the most prominent faces on NDTV, Barkha Dutt has stepped down from her post as Consulting Editor.

Dutt, who has been at NDTV for 21 years will reportedly join The Washington Post’s Global Opinions section as a contributing columnist.

In a statement, NDTV said, “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.”

Meanwhile, Dutt commented about her exit from the broadcaster with the following message on her Facebook, “A new year means that new beginnings beckon. After a great two decades at NDTV I will be moving on to explore new opportunities, diversify my interests and build my own multi media content and events company as well as special projects. It’s been an eventful and super ride at NDTV with an Emmy Nomination among the multiple awards capping a wonderful journey. I am especially proud of We The People the last episode of which I hosted today – at sixteen years it’s the longest running show on Indian TV. But am hugely excited about the many adventures that await me. And I now count on everyone’s best wishes for my next new and wonderful innings. Excited wish me luck !!”

Dutt shot to the forefront of journalism for her coverage of the Kargil War in 1999. She was also the face of NDTV’s show ‘We The People’.