Rajdeep Sardesai

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Rajdeep Sardesai
Born Rajdeep Dilip Sardesai
(1965-05-24) 24 May 1965 (age 49)
Gujarat, India
Nationality Indian
Education St. Xavier's College
University College, Oxford
Occupation Current: Consulting editor at India Today group. Former News Anchor & Editor-in-chief of IBN18 Network
Resigned in July,2014[1]
Years active 1988 – present
Notable credit(s) India at 9
Spouse(s) Sagarika Ghose
Children 2

Rajdeep Sardesai (born 24 May 1965) is an Indian journalist, author and a news presenter. Sardesai is currently a consulting editor at the India today group and will be doing a marquee show for Headlines Today.[2][3] He was the Editor-in-Chief of IBN18 Network, that includes CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat which he left in July 2014.

He is married to Sagarika Ghose.


After leaving the CNN-IBN group which happened almost immediately after the 2014 Loksabha elections, Sardesai authored a book 2014: The Election that Changed India[4] which is slated to be released on 1 November 2014.


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 from The Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai, and completed a bachelor's course in Economics from St. Xavier's College. He then went to University College, Oxford, getting the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Civil Law.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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 IBN7. 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.

During the total career, he has covered major national and international stories, specialising in national politics. He has contributed to several books and writes a fortnightly column that appears in several newspapers.

Network-18 acquisition and aftermath[edit]

On 29 May 2014, Reliance Industries Ltd announced it would be acquiring control in Network 18 Media & Investments Ltd, the parent of CNN-IBN,IBN7 and CNBC.[8] The board of RIL approved funding of up to Rs. 40 billion to Independent Media Trust (IMT), of which RIL is the sole beneficiary, for acquisition of control in Network 18 and its subsidiaries.[9]

Rajdeep, along with the entire founding team - editorial and managerial- resigned from the Network18 group. Rajdeep, editor-in-chief of CNN IBN, wrote in a letter to the employees before his resignation, "Editorial independence and integrity have been articles of faith in 26 years in journalism and maybe I am too old now to change!".[10][11]

Certain reports said that the acquisition by Reliance can pose a serious threat to the independence of media in India.[12][13]


Rajdeep Sardesai was involved in a scuffle when he punched Mahendra Reddy,[14] a developer of high frequency trading software, on live TV, on the day when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to address more than eighteen thousand Indian Americans at Madison Square Garden in New York city on 28 September 2014.[15][16]

Initially it was widely reported that Rajdeep Sardesai was assaulted by the crowd.,[17][18] however after an examination of the videos, it was determined Rajdeep Sardesai himself who initiated the scuffle after having been ridiculed by the other person.[19][20][21] Others quickly stepped in and separated the two. Some of the organizers immediately apologized to Rajdeep Sardesai.[22]

Rajdeep has issued his own statement which acknowledges his lunging at Mahendra Reddy. He mentions that he was abused and heckled by a small group[23]


  1. ^ http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/57yRvDxbdsfoQMhZMwWcPO/CNNIBN-editors-Rajdeep-Sardesai-and-Sagarika-Ghose-quit.html
  2. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/rajdeep-sardesai-to-join-tv-today/article6404047.ece
  3. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rajdeep-sardesai-joins-india-today-group-consulting-editor-aroon-purie/1/382113.html
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.in/2014-Election-that-Changed-India/dp/0670087904
  5. ^ Cached version of Indus View 2.1 (January 2006) The degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is not awarded by Oxford University and here is a mistake for Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), a postgraduate degree in law. All Bachelors of Arts and of Fine Art upon commencing their twenty-first term from matriculation may supplicate for the degree of Master of Arts Rajdeep Gupta]
  6. ^ "Rajdeep Sardesai". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/rajdeep-sardesai-to-join-tv-today/article6404047.ece
  8. ^ http://www.network18online.com/
  9. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/reliance-industries-ltd-to-acquire-control-of-network-18-to-spend-rs-4-000-crore/article1-1224198.aspx
  10. ^ http://www.firstpost.com/living/full-text-rajdeep-sardesais-farewell-letter-ibn-network-1603411.html
  11. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rajdeep-Sardesais-farewell-letter-to-his-staff/articleshow/37897632.cms
  12. ^ http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghabahree/2014/05/30/reliance-takes-over-network18-is-this-the-death-of-media-independence/
  13. ^ http://m.outlookindia.com/article/Big-ED-In-The-Chair/291311/
  14. ^ Rajdeep Sardesai assault case: How it all happened, Oct 7, 2014
  15. ^ राजदीप सरदेसाई विवादों में, कहा, तेरी गलियों में ना रखेंगे कदम, Prabhat Khabar, Sep 28 2014
  16. ^ Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai assaulted outside Madison Square Garden Rediff News, September 29, 2014
  17. ^ Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai Assaulted in New York, NDTV, September 30, 2014
  18. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Journalist-Rajdeep-Sardesai-manhandled-outside-Madison-Square-Garden/articleshow/43752039.cms
  19. ^ Were Rajdeep Sardesai's 5 questions on Modi provocative? Jency Jacob, Busuness Standard, October 1, 2014
  20. ^ Rajdeep Sardesai incident: Blot on Indian Media? Zee News Sep 29, 2014
  21. ^ ABP News deabte l What is the truth behind video which shows heckling of Rajdeep Sardesai at MSG, ABP NEWS, Sep 29, 2014
  22. ^ Strong Replay by Indian American Community to Rajdeep Sardesai asks 2002 riots & Visa denial Modi, Headlines Today, Sep 29, 2014
  23. ^ My statement on Madison Square Garden: Rajdeep Sardesai breaks his silence, FirstPost, Oct 10, 2014

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