Barkha Dutt quits NDTV. Will we miss her?

16 Jan,2017


Barkha Dutt, Consulting Editor at NDTV 24×7 and one of the most visible faces of news television in India, has decided to move on from the channel. “In 1995, BarkhaDutt 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,” noted a statement on the channel’s website, adding: “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.”


And this is what Dutt put out in the social media:

“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 !!”

In January 2016, Dutt and former Indian Express editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta had announced a venture titled ‘The Print’. The entity has held some live discussions so far, but the activities have been limited thus far.

So will we miss Barkha Dutt on NDTV?

Dutt, a recipient of the Padma Shri, has been one of the Indian news television’s most visible faces. But she has also been controversial for her style of news gathering around the Mumbai terror strike in 2008 and the action she initiated against a blogger who was very critical of her around that time. The real low in her career was the publicly available conversation that she had with communications honcho NiiraRadia, where she was seen to be compromising the influence she wielded as a senior journalist to help the lobbyist achieve her goals. Her employers – NDTV Ltd – appeared to have backed her given that she continued to be employed with it and featured on its primetime bulletins. Recently, she had a spat with the then editor-in-chief of Times Now ArnabGoswami, though on this one, she did get the support of those who had rubbished her claims of honesty in the Radia tapes case.

Back to the question we asked ourselves? Will we miss her on NDTV 24×7? Yes, we will. And the only way we won’t miss her as much is if see more of Prannoy Roy at primetime. The others – Vikram Chandra, Sonia Singh, Vishnu Som – are good, but they are at least three notches lower than Barkha. Okay, make it five.

They are good anchors, but just about that. Dr Roy is good with these, and possibly Nidhi Razdan.

So NDTV 24×7 will miss her. Although stocks were a shade down on Monday’s trading on the Bombay Stock Exchange, one shouldn’t anticipate the markets to crash the way they could have if Times Now was listed when Arnab Goswami quit.

Also, one can be sure that Barkha Dutt will be back soon. It was a bit of a surprise that she move on weeks before the crucial UP and Punjab elections, but if not a channel, she will make a digital appearance soon.


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One response to “Barkha Dutt quits NDTV. Will we miss her?”

  1. ashok759 says:

    I would not call Barkha Dutt controversial. Her sensibilities / sensitivities were those of any decent, well educated, liberal, upper middle class girl from Delhi. May she do well in her new venture.

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