Rajan Datar is an
award-winning broadcaster, features writer, producer and moderator with a career
spanning three decades of current affairs and factual reporting for the BBC.
He's presented more than 30 acclaimed half hour BBC travelogues around the
world (viewed by average audiences of 70 million) and domestically on BBC 1 and
the BBC News Channel. A two part special on India was recently repeated and a
mini-series on the Balkans has just been broadcast in October 2017.
He is also presenting the weekly in depth culture, history and science discussion show "The Forum" on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service.
In his role as presenter/writer of the BBC’s “Travel Show Country Direct” series he has filmed in Cuba, Mongolia and Myanmar and completed big treks coast to coast in southern USA and in China to discover its “natural wonders”.
Previously, he covered the Enron crisis as presenter for a BBC 2 Money Programme special and fronted award winning specials on Tesco, Google and Ebay and has reported for BBC One's Watchdog .
For two years Rajan was a reporter on BBC2's flagship daily news and analysis programme Newsnight.
As a literary presenter and moderator, last year Rajan hosted a trio of half hour interviews for the BBC with travel writers including Michael Palin and Colin Thubron. He also chaired the inaugural Write on Kew literary festival with Booker shortlisted author Neal Mukherjee. He moderated two hugely successful sessions at the 2016 and 2017 Hay Literary festivals.
He is a conference moderator for the United Nations, World Travel Market and World Travel and Tourism Council as well as several literary festivals.
For the last decade he has presented the weekly BBC World Service’s “Over To You” – World’s biggest audience weekly feedback programme from 2006 to current day, and is a frequent contributor to From Our Own Correspondent (both BBC Radio 4 and World Service) and Saturday Review on BBC Radio 4 Rajan started his career as a radio reporter and features writer for The Guardian, The Times and several periodicals.