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Read profile of Karan Thapar
Karan Thapar is a famour Indian journalist, television commentator and an interviewer who is widely known for his path-breaking interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities. An alumini of The Doon School and the Stowe School, Karan honed his writing and journalism skills early in his life as the Editor-in-chief of the Doon School Weekly. He acquired degrees in Economics and Political Philosophy from the Cambridge University in 1977 and went on to become the president of the Cambridge Union.
Karan launched his professional career with The Times in Lagos, Nigeria and became a leading writer on the Indian subcontinent. In 1982, he joined the London Weekend Television and set-off his path as a correspondent, producer, editor and presenter. It is remarkable to note that he is the only Indian journalist to have worked for more than 10 years in television outside India. He returned to India in 1991 and was associated with the Hindustan Times Television group, Home Tv and United Television before setting up his own production house, Infotainment Television in 2001 (Currently, President). A collection of his weekly column at Hindustan Times - Sunday Sentiments, has been published in a series of two books by publishing houses such as the Wisdom Tree and HarperCollins. In 2014, he quit CNN-IBN to join Headlines Today.
Karan’s work is highlighted through some of his remarkable shows such as Eyewitness, Tonight at 10, In Focus with Karan, Line of Fire and War of Words which have been very popular for his aggressive and bold approach to journalism. Moreover, in 2000, he did two interviews that claimed worldwide appreciation. The first interview was with the then Chief Execuitve of Pakistan, General Parvez Musharraf and it was the first interview that Mr. Musharraf ever gave to any Indian journalist. The second interview, with Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev, became famous as Mr. Dev broke down and cried uncontrollably for over ten minutes during the interview.
Awards and accolades (not exhaustive)
- 1995 - The Onida Pinnacle Award for Best Current Affairs Presenter for the programme, The Chat Show
- 2003 - Karan became the first person to win both awards in the current affairs category of the Asian Television Awards
- 2011- Devil's Advocate was declared the "Best Current Affairs Programme". Also, Karan was acknowledged as the "TV News Anchor of the Year-English" by National Television Awards
- 2013 - International Press Institute-India Award