SANKHA GUHA’s career as a reporter, producer and presenter has spanned many landmark programmes on CHANNEL 4, ITV and the BBC. Sankha is also one of the most respected travel writers in the UK – and was named the Travel Press Awards TRAVEL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR 2009.
SANKHA's career began on the Channel 4 youth programme NETWORK 7, immediately winning a British academy award for innovation. His screen debut (robbing banks on a live outside broadcast) was featured at the BAFTA awards ceremony.
IT WASN'T long before Sankha was approached by the BBC. He brought his irreverent wit and journalistic skills to the award winning ROUGH GUIDE TO THE WORLD (BBC2) travel series that was both a ratings winner and a critical success. At the same time he was also responsible for many of the distinctive reports which put REPORTAGE (BBC2) on the map.
BETWEEN series, Sankha fronted the consumer strand CHECKOUT (Channel 4) and found time to produce and direct films for EUROPE EXPRESS (Channel 4) and a documentary on the media war between America and Cuba for THE MEDIA SHOW (Channel 4).
SANKHA went to ITN as their TOKYO CORRESPONDENT. He was the Japan based anchor for CHANNEL FOUR DAILY (Channel 4) and reported for all ITN programmes. Back in London, he was invited to work on the re-launch of NEWS AT TEN (ITV), and as a correspondent for CHANNEL FOUR NEWS.
SANKHA was recruited as a reporter to the prime time current affairs show HERE AND NOW (BBC1) and remained with the series from pilot to its final programme five years later. Sankha is the longest standing presenter on HOLIDAY and its various stable mates like SUMMER HOLIDAY and HOLIDAY ON A SHOESTRING (all BBC1).
HE ALSO anchored WATCHDOG spin-off ON THE HOUSE (BBC1). Sankha hosted the 1999 ASIA AWARDS (BBC2) and in 2000 he wrote and presented a campaigning documentary on the plight of trekking porters in Nepal, CARRYING THE BURDEN (BBC2).
SANKHA'S radio credits include the drama documentary THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES (BBC Radio4), reports for NEWSBEAT (BBC Radio 1), TODAY (BBC Radio 4) and THE E-GENERATION (BBC Radio 5 Live) which won the ISDD Award for Best Radio Programme. In 2004 he wrote and presented the 60 minute documentary BOLLYWOOD DREAMS (Radio 2).
ASIDE from having presented numerous travel programmes on television his writing regularly appears in the FINANCIAL TIMES and the INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY. He appears regularly on BREAKFAST TIME (BBC1) and BBC NEWS 24 as a travel expert. Sankha has launched his innovative imprint of city guides 24 HOURS IN THE CITY to considerable critical acclaim.
IN 2005 he hosted TOUR DE FRANCE : THE TRAVELLER’S GUIDE a two hour special for the Travel Channel in the US, for whom he also presented and produced 24 HOURS IN PHILADELPHIA based on his innovative city guide imprint 24 HOURS IN THE CITY - hailed by Wallpaper* magazine as “re-inventing the travel guide book”.
RECENT television projects include directing for BBC Arts and producing and presenting for the BBC current affairs strand INSIDE OUT – LONDON (BBC1). He continues to write a monthly travel cover feature for the INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY and is a contributor to the FINANCIAL TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH and OBSERVER newspapers.
SINCE 2010 Sankha wrote and produced three documentaries themed around the London Olympics. First - an innovative CGI-based documentary THE DAY THE OLYMPICS COME TO TOWN (BBC1). Next, in 2011, a look at the projected legacy goals - PROMISES, PROMISES (BBC1).
These were followed in 2015 by a ground breaking investigative documentary that revealed how the London Olympic Stadium was gifted in effect 'rent free' to Premiership football club West Ham United - HOW THE HAMMERS STRUCK GOLD (BBC1).