Rajan Datar – biog
Rajan Datar is an award-winning broadcaster, features writer, producer, moderator and musician with a career spanning two 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). The most recent of these – on India – was recently repeated and a two part series on the Balkans is due to air in October 2017.
He is currently also presenting the weekly in depth culture 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 recently filmed in Cuba, Mongolia and Myanmar and completed big treks coast to coast in southern USA and in China to discover its natural wonders.
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 and was also a reporter on BBC2’s Newsnight for two years.
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.
Rajan is also a conference moderator for United Nations, World Travel Market and World Travel and Tourism Council and literary festivals.
Previous broadcast experience includes 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. Rajan is also a frequent contributor to From Our Own Correspondent (both BBC Radio 4 and World Service)
Rajan is a Founder of and Bass Player for Maroon Town, a globetrotting ska and reggae 8-piece band from 1988 to present day!