Rajdeep Sardesai (born 24 May 1965) is an Indian journalist and news presenter. Sardesai is the Editor-in-Chief of IBN18 Network, that includes CNN-IBN, IBN-7 and IBN-Lokmat
The son of the Indian Test cricketer Dilip Sardesai, he completed his schooling up to ICSE from the Campion School in Mumbai, did two years of ISC in the Cathedral School, Mumbai, and completed a bachelor’s course in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He then went to University College, Oxford, getting the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Civil Law. While at Oxford he made six first-class cricket appearances for Oxford University and one for a combined Oxford and Cambridge side against the 1987 Pakistani touring team. He was awarded a cricket Blue.
Rajdeep Sardesai has worked with The Times of India for six years and was the city editor of its Mumbai edition. He entered television journalism in 1994 as Political Editor of New Delhi Television (NDTV). He was the Managing Editor of both NDTV 24X7 and NDTV India and was responsible for overseeing the news policy for both the channels. He hosted popular show like ‘The Big Fight’ at NDTV. He later quit NDTV to start his own company, Global Broadcast News (GBN), in collaboration with the American giant CNN and Raghav Bahl’s TV18. The latter broadcasts the Indian Edition of CNBC called CNBC-TV18, the Hindi consumer channel, CNBC Awaaz and an international channel, SAW. The new channel with Sardesai as the Editor-in-Chief has been named CNN-IBN. It went on air on 17 December 2005. Channel 7 has also come under this umbrella after Sardesai’s company bought a 46 percent stake in the channel. Channel 7 has since been renamed IBN-7. He is also a member of the Population Council funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which has its roots in the discredited eugenics movement. He has also been the President of the Editors Guild of India, the only television journalist to hold the post and was chosen a Global leader for tomorrow by the world economic forum in 2000.
Indian Television Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and His Family
Rajdeep Sardesai was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to a Goan father, the former Indian Test cricketer Dilip Sardesai, and a Gujarati mother, Nandini Sardesai, an activist in Mumbai and former head of the Department of Sociology at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He is married to Sagarika Ghose, a journalist and fellow senior editor and anchor at CNN-IBN, since 1994. They have two children, son Ishan Sardesai and daughter Tarini Sardesai.
He completed his schooling up to ICSE from the Campion School in Mumbai, did two years of ISC in the Cathedral School, Mumbai, and completed a bachelor’s course in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He then went to University College, Oxford, getting the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Civil Law. He also represented Oxford University Cricket Club in county cricket and played 7 matches for them as a batsman in the English summer of 1987.
Rajdeep Sardesai entered television journalism in 1994 as Political Editor of New Delhi Television (NDTV). He later quit NDTV to start his own company, Global Broadcast News (GBN), in collaboration
with the American giant CNN and Raghav Bahl’s TV18. The latter broadcasts the Indian Edition of CNBC called CNBC-TV18, the Hindi consumer channel, CNBC Awaaz and an international channel, SAW. The new channel with Sardesai as the Editor-in-Chief has been named CNN-IBN. It went on air on 17 December 2005. Channel 7 has also come under this umbrella after Sardesai’s company bought a 46 percent stake in the channel. Channel 7 has since been renamed IBN-7. Sardesai has won several national and international awards for his journalism.
Sagarika Ghose (Deputy Editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN)
Sagarika Ghose (born 8 November 1964) is an Indian television journalist, news anchor and author. Sagarika Ghose received her bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. A recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, she has a Bachelor’s in Modern History from Magdalen College and an M.Phil. from St Antony’s College, Oxford. She has been a journalist since 1991 and has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express. She is the Deputy Editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN.
In 2004 she became the first woman to anchor the popular BBC show Question Time India. She is also the author of the novel The Gin Drinkers, published in 1998. Her second novel Blind Faith was published in 2006 by Harper Collins.
She is the daughter of Bhaskar Ghose, erstwhile Director General of Doordarshan, the Indian public television network. Her two aunts include Ruma Pal, former justice of the Supreme Court of India and Arundhati Ghose, former ambassador and diplomat. She is married to Rajdeep Sardesai. Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose have two children, son Ishan Sardesai and daughter Tarini Sardesai
Why Rajdeep Sardesai quit NDTV
How is Rajdeep Sardesai who quit as managing editor of New Delhi Television on April 17 to begin his own start-up Broadcast News along with TV18 promoter Raghav Bahl, going to raise the funds to manage the channel?
That is the question doing the rounds in electronic media circles. Experts estimate that Rajdeep will need about Rs 750 crore (Rs 7.50 billion) to turn his dream into reality to launch his ‘journalist-driven’ channel.
“Raising the funds is not going to be a problem. Raghav Bahl’s TV 18 is going to pick up 74 per cent of the total stakes,” said a close Rajdeep aide.
I plan a journalist-driven channel: Rajdeep Sardesai
“Rajdeep, Samir Manchanda (ex-CFO, NDTV) and Sagarika Ghose (Rajdeep’s wife) would chip in with the rest of the money. Manchanda has already spoken to various financial institutions that are willing to put money in the new channel. Since Bahl is doing work for CNBC television, he hopes that the parent company would also come to their rescue and invest Rs 150 crore (Rs 1.50 billion) to make the venture viable,” Rajdeep’s aide added
According to sources the new channel is likely to become operational by the middle of September this year, but it could be delayed by a month or two.
Two floors have been bought at Videocon Towers in the Jhandewalan in New Delhi to set up news studios and other infrastructure for the proposed channel’s operations.
Whether or not the new channel would be able to catch the attention of the people is also being hotly debated in the media circles.
“Rajdeep’s exit may not create ripples at NDTV, but it certainly has made a dent in its reputation. His popular programme The Big Fight has been shelved for the time being. The fact that NDTV promoter Dr Prannoy Roy has been forced to do stories shows the kind of impact Rajdeep’s exit has had.” a top NDTV reporter told rediff.com over the phone on Wednesday.
“He was indeed the star of our organisation. New arrangements are now being put in place. Barkha Dutt and Srinivasan Jain are to be given new responsibilities; with Barkha becoming NDTV’s managing editor,” the reporter said.
“At the moment a team of top professionals has been formed to take the decisions which earlier were taken by Rajdeep. At an editorial meeting, Prannoy Roy admitted that Rajdeep’s exit has hit him, both, emotionally and professionally. And it would take a while to come out of it,” the reporter added.
Although not many reporters, producers or anchors have quit NDTV with Rajdeep so far, media circles say that the exodus would come in couple of months, particularly as the Broadcast News launch date comes closer and the studios and other things are put in place.
Bhupinder Choube, NDTV’s ace correspondent who has been covering the Bharatiya Janata Party and other political parties, is being tipped to be Rajdeep’s right hand man. Shivnath Thukral, who has excelled in business reporting, is yet another name that is being mentioned in this regard.
Some of the producers who worked with Rajdeep on The Big Fight are also expected to quit and join hands with him at hefty salaries.
Sources said what hurt Rajdeep more than anything else was the fact that salary-wise he figured sixth on the NDTV list after Prannoy Roy, Mrs Roy and three others. He felt insulted when the figures were made public by NDTV, sources said.
“Rajdeep was a star who slogged day in and day out for the company to produce the best programmes. He rarely took an off day and worked round the clock when the situation so demanded. While Narain Rao, Managing Director, got Rs 50 lakh (Rs 5 million) per annum, Rajdeep’s salary was Rs 36 lakh (Rs 3.6 million) per year,” sources said.
According to market sources, Rajdeep has received a huge amount — about five times his NDTV salary — as the signing amount from TV 18, along with a brand new Toyota Corolla.
The Lady Who Made Rajdeep Sardisai!
Everyone knows that being a mom is not an easy job. But some moms play the part with elan. This Women’s Day, meet one such mother who has raised her son good – Nandini Sardesai, mother of CNN-IBN’s editor-in-chief, Rajdeep Sardesai.
Rajdeep is known for his authenticity and accuracy. He is one of the biggest names in the field of journalism but being a journalist was not his first choice.
Nandini Sardesai shares how she always let her son follow his heart!
“I knew my child was talented.”
Rajdeep was always a good student. He loved to take part in debates and dramas and loved sports. He had a flair for general knowledge and always searched for answers beyond what his textbooks had to offer. In fact at the age of 5 he could mention the capitals of every country, even the small African ones. So we always knew he was keen to know more about the world and his surroundings.
“I encouraged his interests.”
Rajdeep had even gone to study Law at Oxford. He never wanted to be a journalist initially. But things worked out for him and he was taken up by The Times of India, to become the youngest metropolitan editor of TOI. We didn’t even know the scope of the field then, especially television journalism. But that is what he decided to do and all we could do was to encourage and motivate him!
“I let him take risks!”
Rajdeep is successful today but there were risks he took to achieve it. When he decided to leave NDTV and start his own channel, we were a little apprehensive since he was already doing well in a famous news channel. However, he wanted to follow his dreams and we let him take the risk.
There were times when we were extremely worried about him. There are two specific instances that I remember quite clearly. One being when he covered the Mumbai riots for The Times of India and the second one was when he went to the military camps in Pakistan. Mums worry but you have to let go and let your child be who he wants to be.
He has won numerous other awards for journalistic excellence. Those include -
The prestigious Padma Shri for journalism in 2008, the International Broadcasters Award for coverage of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for 2007.
The Asian Television Award for best talk show for the Big Fight on two occasions
His current flagship show on CNN-IBN, India at 9, has been awarded the best news show at the Asian awards for the last two years.
The Urdu Press Club of India awarded Rajdeep with the Jasarat Award in 2003 for covering Gujarat riots
Lines for Rajdeep Sardesai!!!
good student with multiple degrees and an above average crickter, Rajdeep Sardesai is a liberal voice. Affable and humble, the Editor-in-chief of CNN-IBN, in a freewheeling conversation with Maheshwer Peri of Careers360, speaks on his cricketing ability, the accidental brush with journalism, his career, the country’s politics and equality of opportunity…
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