Friday, May 12, 2006

A journalist called Bharat Kumar Raut

Bharat Kumar Raut
1201, Ramgiri Heights, MTNL Marg, Dadar, Mumbai 400 028 INDIA
Bharatkumarraut@hotmail.com
bharat.raut@timesgroup.com

Born in a middle-class Maharashtrian family, Bharat Kumar Raut, had his schooling in Mumbai in a Marathi medium school. While doing his post-graduation in Bombay University in Political Studies, Mr. Raut joined print journalism but soon shifted to television, when Doordarshan, the government-owned TV channel, was launched. He worked for Marathi and later English news bulletins. During his five-year stint in Doordarshan, he anchored many news-based programmes, chat shows, youth programmes, etc. He also had the opportunity to interview international personalities viz. Sheikh Mujib-Ur-Rehman of Bangladesh, Robert MacNamara of World Bank etc.
He later shifted to Times of India Group, where he worked for Maharashtra Times, a Marathi language daily and Evening New Of India as a reporter. However, in his second comeback to the group, he became the Executive Editor of The Independent and The Metropolis on Saturday and also of E-Times. Now he is the Editor of Maharashtra Times. During his tenure as Editor of Maharashtra Times, the paper became the highest selling Marathi daily in Mumbai metropolitan area as per ABC survey.
Mr. Raut was also Resident Editor of The Pioneer .
He joined Zee TV Network in 1996 and was instrumental in the launch of Zee News. As a Creative Director of Zee Network, Mr. Raut traveled extensively in Europe and USA, to launch Zee on the foreign land.
He was the President of Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, an association of Marathi speaking journalists in Mumbai in 1987-88, when the foundation stone of the multi-storeyed Patrakar Bhavan was laid.
He has a biography of late Jai Prakash Narayan “ Andharatil Ek Prakash” and a collections of articles “Drishtikon” , "Shiv Sena - Haar Ani Prahaar" and " Nayak" to his credit. He was awarded the prestigious “ Bal Shastri Jambhekar and J G Jadhav Awards for excellence in Marathi Journalism” the first “Ram Manohar Tripathi Award” and also the Giants International Award for “Journalist of the Year” “Harivanshrai Bachhan Award instituted by Aashirvaad recently. He is also the trustee of the Siddhivinayak Temple Trust.

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