Rajdeep Sardesai

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Rajdeep Sardesai
Sardesai in 2010
Rajdeep Dilip Sardesai

(1965-05-24) 24 May 1965 (age 54)
EducationSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai
University College, Oxford
OccupationFormer news anchor & Editor-in-chief of IBN18 Network
Consulting editor at India Today Television (2014–present)[2]
Years active1988 – present
Notable credit(s)
India at 9
Spouse(s)Sagarika Ghose

Rajdeep Sardesai (born 24 May 1965) is an Indian news anchor, author.[3] He is a consulting editor at the India Today group, and hosts India Today Television.[4][5] He was the Editor-in-Chief of Global Broadcast News, that included CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat; he resigned in July 2014.

Early life[edit]

Sardesai was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to a Goan father and a Gujarati mother.[1] His father, Dilip Sardesai, was a former Indian Test cricketer and his mother, Nandini, is an activist in Mumbai and former head of the Department of Sociology at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.[1] He completed his schooling up to ICSE from the Campion School in Mumbai, did two years of ISC in 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, earning the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Civil Law.[6]

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.[7] He was awarded a cricket Blue at Oxford.[8]


Sardesai worked with The Times of India for six years, after joining it in October 1988,[9] 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. He hosted popular shows like The Big Fight at NDTV.

He quit NDTV on 17 April 2005[10] to start his own company, Global Broadcast News (GBN), in collaboration with the American giant CNN and Raghav Bahl's TV18.[4] The latter broadcasts the Indian Edition (in English) 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 was 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 was later 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.[11] The board of RIL approved funding of up to 40 billion (US$580 million) to Independent Media Trust (IMT), of which RIL is the sole beneficiary, for acquisition of control in Network 18 and its subsidiaries.[12] Subsequently, on 1 July 2014,Rajdeep,editor-in-chief of CNN IBN along with the entire founding team - editorial and managerial - resigned from the Network18 group.[13]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to journalist and author Sagarika Ghose.[14] Rajdeep and Sagarika have two children, son Ishan, and daughter Tarini.[15]



Rajdeep Sardesai (center) during the book launch of his book Newsman at Teen Murti Bhavan. (L-R) Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Yogendra Yadav, Gaurav Bhatia, Naresh Gujral, Sachin Pilot and Asadudin Owaisi.
  • Newsman: Tracking India in the Modi Era, published by Rupa Publications India, 6 August 2018
  • 2014: The Election that Changed India,[18] released on 1 November 2014
  • Democracy's XI, published by Juggernaut Books[19]
  • Co-authored chapter "The Truth Hurts: Gujarat and the Role of the Media" in the book Gujarat:The making of a tragedy, edited by Siddharth Varadarajan and published by Penguin (ISBN 978-0143029014). The book is about the 2002 Gujarat riots.


  1. ^ a b c "Rajdeep Sardesai". Moneycontrol.com.
  2. ^ Mishra, Ashish K. (4 July 2014). "Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose quit Network18".
  3. ^ "The world according to".
  4. ^ a b Vincent, Pheroze L. (12 September 2014). "Rajdeep Sardesai to join TV Today" – via The Hindu.
  5. ^ "Rajdeep Sardesai joins India Today Group as Consulting Editor".
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ "Rajdeep Sardesai". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  8. ^ Pratihary, Anupam (8 December 2017). "Q&A: Dhoni is the hero of my 'Democracy's XI' - Rajdeep Sardesai". Reuters. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  9. ^ "'A new dawn in Indian cricket': Remembering Sachin Tendulkar's iconic Ranji Trophy debut".
  10. ^ Why Rajdeep Sardesai quit NDTV
  11. ^ "NETWORK 18".
  12. ^ "RIL to acquire control of Network 18, Rajdeep may go". 29 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Full text: Rajdeep Sardesai's farewell letter to IBN network - Firstpost". 4 July 2014.
  14. ^ Chowdhry, Seema (8 February 2013). "Airing both sides". Mint. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  15. ^ "The referee in town". The Hindu. 10 June 2004.
  16. ^ "CNN-IBNs Rajdeep Sardesai awarded Padma Shri".
  17. ^ Award Winners Archived 28 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Sardesai, Rajdeep (1 November 2014). "The Election That Changed India 2014". Viking – via Amazon.
  19. ^ "MS Dhoni: Indian cricket's first mega-brand".

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