Presenter & Reporter for TV & Radio
Rajan Datar has been host of “fast:track”, BBC World News’ flagship travel programme, for six years, travelling to over 50 countries on five continents. Currently he is the presenter and writer of the Country Direct series – half hour special travelogue documentaries. In 2012 the twelve travelogues included Brazil, Japan, Canada and Ukraine. In 2013 his trips included Egypt, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He is also the host of the weekly radio show on the BBC World Service called “Over To You”, is a regular contributor to the award winning “From Our Own Correspondent” and has made several TV and radio documentaries for both domestic and international channels.
Before this he worked on BBC2’s flagship business documentary series, “The Money Programme”, writing and presenting more than 30 half-hour films and helping to breathe new life into what had become a staid TV institution.
Rajan has fronted the BBC’s original independent traveller series, “Rough Guide to the World”, C4’s “People’s Parliament” and BBC2’s new media vehicle, “The Net.” For two years he was reporter on the flagship nightly news and current affairs programme, “Newsnight”, specialising in culture and social trends. He has also presented the arts and film shows “The Strand” and “On Screen” for the World Service.
In a varied career, Rajan has also written features for The Guardian, The Times, The Observer and many other publications. He has lectured and taught at the University of London and Leeds Universities. He attended Oxford University as an undergraduate and the London School of Economics as a postgraduate student.
He has hosted many conferences all round the world for many global organisations including the United Nations and is a frequent guest speaker.
His other passion is music and for twenty years as co-founder and bass player of nine piece ska and reggae band “Maroon Town” he has toured thirty countries around the world, played nearly a thousand concerts and release five albums.
He was named the Broadcast Travel Journalist of the Year 2012 in the Business Travel Awards ceremony in London.
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