Karan Thapar, the well-known television journalist, has won the International Press Institute (IPI) India Award for Excellence in Journalism.
In a press release, IPI's India Chapter said that a jury — chaired by former Chief Justice A.S. Anand — had chosen Mr. Thapar "for his sharp interviews on the Devil's Advocate programme on CNN IBN."
Mr. Thapar told The Hindu he was delighted to receive the award. "In television, you associate an interview with a face. But there is a full team behind the face and the show. I share this with my producer and researchers who provide the guidance, as well as the director and cameramen who make the programme appealing and watchable," he said.
In an earlier interview, Rajdeep Sardesai, the editor-in-chief of CNN-IBN, where Mr. Thapar’s shows are telecast, had compared Mr. Thapar to a "public prosecutor." "His eye for detail and intensive research puts him in a different league," Mr. Sardesai had said.
Previous winners of the IPI award include The Indian Express, NDTV, Outlook, Tehelka, Tribune and The Week.