Appan Menon

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Appan Menon
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Appan Menon, captured by the Times of India photographer in New Delhi on 7 September 1990
Born (1947-09-17)17 September 1947
Died 28 June 1996(1996-06-28) (aged 48)
New Delhi
Nationality Indian
Occupation News editor and anchor NDTV
Known for The World This Week

Appan Menon (17 September 1947 – 28 June 1996)[1] was a senior Indian print and television journalist, most known News editor and anchor with NDTV. He anchored the international news show The World This Week on Doordarshan in 1980s and moved to NDTV when it was established in 1988.[2][3]


Starting as an agency reporter, Menon worked with news agencies PTI and UNI, and also covered the United Nations Headquarters for Inter Press Service and specialized in Latin American politics. Then he moved to print media working with The Hindu newspaper and Frontline magazine. Eventually he moved to television, where he anchored The World This Week first with state-run Doordarshan and subsequently with NDTV and became its leading news anchor along with Prannoy Roy[4]

He died in his sleep early morning on 28 June 1996 at the age of 48, at the time of death he was news editor with NDTV.[5] He was survived by his wife and two children.[6] Times Now Editor in chief Arnab Goswami has said that he owed Menon a lot for his career.[7]

Appan Menon Memorial Award[edit]

After his death, the Appan Menon Memorial Trust was set up in 1996 in memory of Menon.The Appan Menon Award for Journalism is awarded annually by the trust to journalists "having special interest in international affairs or developmental issues with an Indian viewpoint". The award is announced on 17 September, coinciding with his birth anniversary.[8][9]


  1. ^ A Journalist beloved Appan Menon (July 1996). Frontline, Volume 13, Issues 13–20. S. Rangarajan for Kasturi & Sons, 1996. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Appan Menon on IMDb
  3. ^ "Thank you, Doordarshan". The Hindu. 2 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Special Correspondent. "Appan Menon award for EPW journalist". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Vidura. Press Institute of India. 33: 19. 1996. 
  6. ^ Communicator. Indian Institute of Mass Communication. 31. 1996. 
  7. ^ "Frankly Speaking with Arnab Goswami". Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Staff Reporter. "Appan Menon award presented". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Appan Menon award". The Hindu. 18 Sep 2003. 

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