MUMBAI: CNN-IBN deputy foreign affairs editor and prime time anchor Suhasini Haidar has decided to quit from her current position. Sources from the channel suggest that Haidar, anchor for World View, CNN-IBN’s international affairs show, is likely to join the Hindu Group as she wants to go back to long-format journalism. However, she may also produce a show for CNN-IBN.
Haidar began her career in 1995, with CNN International, working at the Delhi bureau that also covered Pakistan at the time (CNN subsequently opened its Islamabad bureau).Later on she moved to CNN-IBN. In her 18 years of journalism, Haider has covered issues concerning Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon and Libya. She regularly contributes as a columnist on Indian Foreign Policy for various newspapers.
In 2010, she won the prestigious News Television “Best TV News Presenter” Award. Haidar is credited to be the only journalist to have interviewed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his family, a show that also won her the Indian Television Academy award as ‘Best Chat show’ for the year.
CNN-IBN which laid off some of its employees in August last year also saw one its most prominent faces Karan Thapar move to Headlines Today in March. With Haidar now quitting, the channel will have to do much more to revive its prime time faces.