Rajdeep Sardesai

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Rajdeep Sardesai
Sardesai in 2010
Born Rajdeep Dilip Sardesai
(1965-05-24) 24 May 1965 (age 51)
Mumbai, 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 Ishan (son) and Tarini (daughter)

Rajdeep Sardesai (born 24 May 1965) is an Indian news anchor and author.[2] Sardesai is currently a consulting editor at the India Today group, and hosts Headlines Today.[3][4] He was the Editor-in-Chief of Global Broadcast News, that included CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat—which he resigned in July 2014. He is married to journalist and author Sagarika Ghose.

Early life[edit]

Rajdeep Sardesai's father, Dilip Sardesai, was a former Indian test cricketer. He completed his schooling 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 shows 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.[3] 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.

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-TV18.[7] The board of RIL approved funding of up to 40 billion (US$590 million) to Independent Media Trust (IMT), of which RIL is the sole beneficiary, for acquisition of control in Network 18 and its subsidiaries.[8]

Subsequently, on July 2014,Rajdeep,editor-in-chief of CNN IBN along with the entire founding team – editorial and managerial- resigned from the Network18 group.[9]


  • The Padma Shri, awarded by the Govt of India, for Journalism in 2008 [10]
  • The International Broadcasters award for coverage of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism award for 2006.[11]
  • The Asian Television award for talk show presentation and has been News Anchor of the year at the Indian Television Academy for eight of the last nine years.[citation needed]
  • He has been the President of the Editors Guild of India and was also chosen as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the world economic forum.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Mishra, Ashish K. (4 July 2014). "Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose quit Network18". 
  2. ^ "The world according to". 
  3. ^ a b Vincent, Pheroze L. (12 September 2014). "Rajdeep Sardesai to join TV Today" – via The Hindu. 
  4. ^ "Rajdeep Sardesai joins India Today Group as Consulting Editor". 
  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. ^ "NETWORK 18". 
  8. ^ "RIL to acquire control of Network 18, Rajdeep may go". 29 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Full text: Rajdeep Sardesai's farewell letter to IBN network - Firstpost". 4 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "CNN-IBNs Rajdeep Sardesai awarded Padma Shri". 
  11. ^ Award Winners
  12. ^ Sardesai, Rajdeep (1 November 2014). "The Election That Changed India 2014". Viking – via Amazon. 

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