RAJAN DATAR
AWARD-WINNING RADIO AND TV BROADCASTER, JOURNALIST, CONFERENCE AND PANEL MODERATOR

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Rajan’s career spans three decades of current affairs, arts, business and documentary presenting, reporting and producing for the BBC and others. He wrote and presented more than 30 acclaimed half hour BBC travelogues around the world (viewed by average audiences of 70 million). Most recently he filmed five short films on Japan for the BBC which together went on to win the TravMedia broadcast programme of the year. And his extraordinary experience in the middle of the astonishing Battle of the Oranges festival in Ivrea in Italy was broadcast worldwide in March 2021.

 

Furthermore he gives talks and moderates discussions on a variety of topics from the state of the travel industry, “Why we Travel”, “ Diversity on and off screen”, “ Being in the Zone” and at various literary events. He jointly gave a presentation to Citibank worldwide on how to communicate effectively in the Zoom era, followed by five workshops with senior execs. He co-presents a new podcast called PresenterPod which is designed to help people from all walks of life to communicate and express themselves more effectively

Currently among his new projects are a TV documentary about the psychology of childhood racism, a World Service radio programme on the history of the Electric Guitar and chairing a conference on travel. He is also writing a book on “Why You Should Start a Band and Travel the World – Now!” and putting together a multi-disciplinary symposium in Mallorca for 2022.

 

At the beginning of his career after Oxford University and the LSE, Rajan was trained as both a Radio News Broadcaster and as a TV Producer/Director on two prestigious BBC schemes. At this time he was also a regular features writer for the Guardian amongst other national publications including the Times, the Mail, the Face and The NME. He then became a broadcaster and producer.

 

In one recent month alone he presented the Radio 4 arts programmes Saturday Review and Front Row, made and presented a radio 4 documentary on the much-praised "Tebbit Test" about national sporting loyalties and then appeared on the Feedback programme, and went to Cape Canaveral in Florida to present a BBC TV special on the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. After this he reported and produced a short film for the BBC on Dementia in the BAME community, with his own parents featured.

He also presents the weekly flagship discussion show "The Forum "on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service and for twelve years he has been host of the World Service weekly feedback show "Over To You" - more than 500 shows so far!

In his role as presenter/writer of the BBC’s “Travel Show Country Direct” series he has filmed in Cuba, Mongolia and Myanmar amongst many other locations and completed big treks coast to coast in southern USA and in China to discover its “natural wonders”. He has played live on stage at a carnival in New Orleans, abseiled in the favelas of Rio and competed against a Mongolian wrestler at a traditional sports festival.

Previously, as a business reporter, he covered the Enron crisis as a presenter for a BBC 2 special and fronted award winning documentary specials on Tesco, Google and Ebay and has reported for BBC One's Watchdog .

For two years Rajan was a reporter on BBC2's Newsnight, specialising in education and global trends and presented Peoples Parliament on on Channel 4 and the first ever programme about the internet, "The Net" for BBC2.
Rajan also hosted a trio of half hour interviews for the BBC with travel writers including Michael Palin and Colin Thubron.

He is a regular conference moderator for United Nations, WTTC and literary festivals including Hay and Edinburgh for the last ten years. Grierson Documentary Awards judge 2018, BAFTA judge 2010.

Frequent contributor to From Our Own Correspondent (both BBC Radio 4 and World Service) and R4's Saturday Review.

He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College, Oxford University and has a Masters degree from the London School of Economics.

 

 

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