Within few months after Arnab Goswami’s exit from Times Now, another major News anchor and senior NDTV journalist Barkha Dutt announced her decision to move on for a new venture on Sunday on Twitter.
She may start her own venture after making it big on NDTV for 16 years and reaching stardom with her live coverage of Kargil War from the peaks of Himalayan mountain range overlooking Pakistan. Recently she tweeted that she would be a contributing correspondent for The Washington Post.
On Sunday, Barkha Dutt said. “Hugely excited to start New Year on a new slate, diversify my interests and build my own independent projects…. Did my last “We The People”. At 16 yrs its longest running TV show which I built from scratch, won scores of awards for and am hugely proud of 1/4.”
“As I move on after 21 Great NDTV yrs;a team I’m SO proud of, an Emmy Nomination & many other awards to cap it all,I count on your wishes,” she said in her tweet.
Acknowledging Barkha Dutt’s exit, NDTV, in its official statement, 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,” the statement added.
It is still not known whether she would join Arnab Goswami who is planning to start a new news channel “Republic” to be aired from January 26 this year or she would opt to start her own news website featuring both video and online news content.