BBC News appoints Sanjoy Majumder as India correspondent

MUMBAI: BBC News has appointed Sanjoy Majumder as its India correspondent. He will be based in Delhi and report for various outputs of BBC including BBC World television, BBC World Service radio and the BBC News website.

Majumder, who started his career joining BBC's online operations in London in 1999, was posted to the BBC's south-Asia bureau in Delhi in 2001 as the first overseas correspondent for the BBC News website. Since then he has been heading the BBC's online operations in the region, informs an official statement.

During this time he has reported extensively for the BBC online, radio and television outlets from India as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Some of the events he has covered include general elections in India and Sri Lanka, Afghanistan's first presidential elections, the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the Kashmir issue, the anti-king protests in Nepal, and most recently, the Mumbai blasts.

He was born in London and grew up in Africa, the Middle East and India. He graduated with a degree in English from St Stephen's College, Delhi and then went on to do his master's in radio/TV/film from Northwestern University in the United States. Prior to joining the BBC, he taught at several colleges in the US and also worked for the American television networks, NBC and PBS.

BBC south-Asia bureau editor Paul Danahar says: "As the world's leading international broadcaster and trusted news source, the BBC is committed to bring its audiences credible and impartial journalism. Sanjoy Majumder is an experienced journalist with a background of reporting across platforms such as radio, television and online. I am confident that he will add to the depth and breadth of the BBC's coverage from this region."

Commenting on his new role, Majumder adds: "I am excited at the opportunity to report from India at a time when the country's presence on the global stage is growing. With the world increasingly looking at India and China over the next decade, the BBC's role, and that of the India correspondent, in understanding and analysing complex events in this dynamic country and presenting it to an international audience is particularly significant."

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