Karan Thapar, the man behind many path-breaking interviews with former president R. Venkatraman, former prime ministers of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto and Moin Quereshi, and the first interview as prime minister from P.V. Narasimha Rao and the unique war-front reportage from Afghanistan is the only Indian television professional who has worked for ten years in television outside India. Trained as a correspondent, producer, editor and presenter with London Weekend Television in the United Kingdom, he has both the most varied and the most in-depth knowledge and experience of television current affairs programme making available in India today.
In 1991, on his return to India, Karan Thapar helped establish H.T. Vision Limited, the first television venture established by the K.K. Birla group, which he headed as Executive Producer.
Presently, he is head of Infotainment Television (ITV), a television production house making programmes for BBC, Channel NewsAsia, CNBC, CNN-IBN and Doordarshan.
Among the numerous prestigious awards he has won, the Onida Pinnacle Award for Best Current Affairs Presenter for the programme, The Chat Show, the Videocon Screen Award for Best Current Affairs Presenter for In Focus with Karan and the International Press Institute – India Award for Excellence in Journalism are only a few.