In an e-mail to all employees of NDTV, co-founders Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy informed them of Barkha Dutt moving on from NDTV to start her own company.
Here is the letter, as published by Scroll.in , talking about a young Barkha, growing in the company and as a journalist, over time.
Barkha Dutt was only 23 when she joined NDTV as a young reporter cum producer. NDTV was the first place she ever worked in and for two decades we have seen her evolve into one of our most prolific reporters. She has been a key member of the NDTV family and a big part of our memorable journey from a production house that created a nightly news bulletin for doordarshan to what we are today. She has worn many hats for NDTV: journalist, anchor, editor and NDTV has been both her learning ground and her second home. "
Barkha, who is famous for her coverage of the Kargil war, is maybe one of the few journalists whom the entire country knows by name, by sight, and by reputation.
The e-mail further informs the employees that she would be still be associated with NDTV as a Consulting Editor and will continue to manage and report big news stories.
"Now twenty years later we wish her all the very best as she embarks on yet another role with us. Barkha will be moving to the role of Consulting Editor. She will remain as closely associated with NDTV as she has all these years as the anchor for Buck Stops Here on weeknights and We The People on weekends. She will also be available as always for analysis and inputs on big news events and stories. While her TV relationship with NDTV remains unchanged, in her new role she will be setting up her own multi media content company and policy group. We have literally seen barkha grow from a child to an adult professional and look forward to our close bonds only strengthening further as she embarks on this new venture. I know you will join us in wishing Barkha the very very best. Radhika and Prannoy"
With the growth of many media companies, news channels and new means of dissemination of everyday news, somewhere the true spirit of journalism has sustained a blow.
But Barkha has always been associated with the best in business, be it her shows, her interviews, or her talent as a journalist and we wish her the best of luck for her future venture.