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 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 and news presenter. Sardesai was the Editor-in-Chief of IBN18 Network, that includes CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4] 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 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 seven newspapers.


Rajdeep resigned as Editor-in-Chief of CNN on July 5, 2014 after Reliance bought Network 18.He was associated with CNN for 9 years. His wife, Sagarika, too quit on the same day. Along with him the entire founding team - both editorial and managerial - resigned following the acquisition by reliance.[5]

In his farewell letter to the employees he wrote "Editorial independence and integrity have been articles of faith in 26 years in journalism and maybe I am too old now to change!" [6]

He is reportedly taking a break of one year to write a book on 2014 Lok Sabha elections.[7][8][9]


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 and daughter Tarini.


He has won numerous other awards for journalistic excellence. Those include -

  1. 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.
  2. Inducted into The Hall of Fame for Continuing Contribution to Industry (Professional) in ENBA Awards 2010.[10][11]
  3. The Asian Television Award for best talk show for the Big Fight on two occasions
  4. ENBA Awards 2013 for Best Editor-In-Chief – English[12]
  5. 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.
  6. The Urdu Press Club of India awarded Rajdeep with the Jasarat Award in 2003 for covering Gujarat riots.[13]


  1. ^ http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/57yRvDxbdsfoQMhZMwWcPO/CNNIBN-editors-Rajdeep-Sardesai-and-Sagarika-Ghose-quit.html
  2. ^ http://www.veethi.com/india-people/rajdeep_sardesai-profile-270-17.htm
  3. ^ 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]
  4. ^ "Rajdeep Sardesai". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  5. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rajdeep-Sardesais-farewell-letter-to-his-staff/articleshow/37897632.cms
  6. ^ http://www.firstpost.com/living/full-text-rajdeep-sardesais-farewell-letter-ibn-network-1603411.html
  7. ^ http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140704/nation-current-affairs/article/rajdeep-sardesai-resigns-editor-chief-cnn-ibn
  8. ^ http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/57yRvDxbdsfoQMhZMwWcPO/CNNIBN-editors-Rajdeep-Sardesai-and-Sagarika-Ghose-quit.html
  9. ^ http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/NAT-TOP-rajdeep-sardesai-sagarika-ghose-quit-cnn-ibn-herere-their-emotional-farewell-not-4669527-NOR.html
  10. ^ eINBA 2010: And the award goes to...
  11. ^ e4m INBA 2010: Industry honours the contributions of Kalanidhi Maran, Rajdeep Sardesai, G Krishnan, Barkha Dutt, Shazi Zaman, among others
  12. ^ http://www.exchange4media.com/54265_enba-2013-ndtv-27x7-aaj-tak-adjudged-news-channels-of-the-year.html
  13. ^ "Jasarat Award To Ajay Devgan Says 'Tackle Terrorism And Communalism". 26 May 2008. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 

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