Rajan Datar

Presenter and BBC Reporter


Rajan Datar

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Rajan Datar is an award-winning broadcaster, features writer, moderator (and musician) with a career spanning two decades of current affairs, arts, business and documentary reporting and producing for the BBC. He’s presented more than 30 acclaimed half hour BBC travelogues around the world (viewed by average audiences of 70 million). These include in the last year a two-parter on India recently repeated and a two part series on the Balkans and a Dubai special which went out in November 2017. . He has just returned from filming trips in Mauritius and Abu Dhabi. These programmes will be shown in early 2018. The Abu Dhabi is being broadcast on the weekend of 3rd and 4th February on the BBC internationally.

Rajan also presents the weekly flagship discussion show “The Forum” on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. Topic covered have included 1001 Arabian Nights, History of Flamenco and The Sugar Trade. Many episodes make particular reference to Middle East and the UAE.
In his role as presenter/writer of the BBC’s “Travel Show “ Specials 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”. All told he has been on some 90 filming trips around the world for the BBC!
He covered the Enron crisis as presenter for a BBC 2 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 current affairs 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 has chaired several sessions at the world renowned Hay Festival for the last two years – and the Kew literary festival with Booker shortlisted author Neal Mukherjee.

Conference Speaker moderator for United Nations, World Travel Market and World Travel and Tourism Council and literary festivals. Many of these have been on the topic of Travel and the UAE. Featured in Conde Naste Traveller Magazine amongst many other
media outlets in UAE.

BBC World Service Presenter “Over To You” BBC World Service – World’s biggest audience weekly feedback programme from 2006 to current day, and previously, arts show The Strand.
Frequent contributor to From Our Own Correspondent (both BBC Radio 4 and World Service)

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