Senior and renowned journalist, Barkha Dutt has stepped down from the position of as Consulting Editor of NDTV. In an official statement released from NDTV, the company has said that the journalist has requested the company that she would now like to explore new opportunities.

“Barkha has requested that she would like to explore some new opportunities, pursue other interests and work on her own ventures,” NDTV said in a statement.

“In all her years with NDTV, she has been hugely productive and has grown with the organisation, becoming an acclaimed, award-winning journalist of repute across India and many parts of the world. We are certain that Barkha will go from strength to strength and NDTV wishes her all the very best,” the statement said.

Barkha Dutt who hosts her own TV program, “We the People” took to Twitter to confirm the news and said that she would be moving and starting her own venture. She has been associated with the channel for the last 21 years and rose to fame after coverage of Kargil war in 1999.

“Its been a super ride at NDTV but new beginning in 2017. I shall be moving on from NDTV to explore new opportunities & my own ventures,” she tweeted.

In 2008, the Indian government awarded Barkha Dutt the Padma Shri, a civilian honour, for her coverage of the 2004 Tsunami.