Rajan Datar is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, conference and panel moderator (and bass player!) with a career spanning three decades of current affairs, arts, business and documentary presenting, 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).
The most recent of these on the Japanese island of Hokkaido has just been aired in August 2019. He returns to Japan soon to make five short films for the BBC. At the beginning of his career Rajan was (and remains ) the only person to have been accepted both on the BBC's prestigious trainee News Journalist scheme and its flagship highly competitive Producer/Director trainee scheme. 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 presented the ground-breaking BBC2 travel show "Rough Guide to the World" for two seasons.
In the month of July 2019 alone he guest 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 special on the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. 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.