In the days of print journalism, the journalists only got a by-line with the news item and remained almost faceless to the general public. The advent of TV News channels changed all that. These 24×7 news channels brought before the viewers a slew of faces that became instantly recognisable even to the children in the country. With their entry in every home, they command a huge fan following.
Each one of them is revered by the masses who are impressed with their individual personalities and style quotient. They have become stars of the TV channels and the brand ambassadors of their channel. TV is a visual medium. Glamour matters a lot. These journalists have the maximum glamour quotient and fashion awareness to delve deeper into the hearts of their viewers, No wonder they are considered the hottest and most famous journalists in India. Here is a list of top 12 hottest and famous journalists in India in 2018. This list is restricted to female journalists on television, who are well known as celebrities in their own rights.
12. Anuradha Sengupta, CNBC TV18
Anuradha SenGupta is one of the most versatile TV journalist in India. She is also a writer on social issues and a social worker. She has done live news coverage, as well as panel discussions and interviews. Her show ‘Storyboard’ on CNBC TV18 was one of the most popular TV news show. It covered marketing and brands, and was one of the longest running shows in this genre.
Her other equally popular shows were Beautiful People, which was an interview based show with celebrities and newsmakers; and Must Do which was on arts, culture and literature. She has also produced among many others, the hugely popular Amul India Show on Star Plus.
She is a graduate from Bombay University and has a Diploma in Social Communications Media from the Sophia Polytechnic. She has also worked with print journalism. She has been associated with the newspapers The Telegraph and DNA.
11. Ayesha Faridi, CNBC TV18
Ayesha Faridi is a host an anchor for ET Now, the Indian business news channel. She joined ET Now in 2010, and anchors the flagship morning shows, The Market and First Trades. She also anchors other shows like Markets @ Lunch, Riding the Bull and The F&O Show. She specialises in analysing macro/micro market related trends, company fundamentals, investigative and sector based reports.
She is a journalist by training, after having graduated from Delhi University. She began her career as a reporter and producer with the BBC World Service anchored BBC’s weekly half-hr show BBC Extra. She has also worked for MTV India. She has earlier worked as an anchor and research analyst at CNBC TV18. Here she hosted numerous shows like Power Breakfast, Your Stocks, Bull’s Eye, Bazaar, India Market Wrap, Midcap Radar. She has also hosted shows like India Economic Conclave, Investor Camp, ET Now’s Market Summit etc.
10. Shereen Bhan, CNBC TV18
Shereen Bhan is an Indian TV journalist and the Managing Editor of CNBC-TV18. Shereen graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and did her master’s in Communication Studies from the University of Pune. She began her career as a news researcher, under for Karan Thapar at Infotainment Television.Later she joined UTV’s News and Current Affairs division. She was associated with shows like We the People for Star TV and Line of Fire for SAB TV. Then she joined CNBC-TV18. She also anchored for Young Turks, one of India’s longest running shows on entrepreneurs.
She has also hosted Overdrive, which won the award for the ‘Best Auto Show’ for three consecutive years. She has more than 15 years of experience during which she has won numerous awards. Shereen has won the ‘Best Business Talk Show’ award for two years consecutively. She also won the ‘FICCI Woman of the Year’ award in 2005, and has been named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum. She has also won the ‘Best Business Anchor Award’ in 2013.
9. Shweta Singh, Aaj Tak
Shweta Singh is an Indian TV journalist who also anchors and presents news. She works for Aaj Tak TV channel as the Executive Editor of Special Programming. She started her career in print journalism with Times of India, Patna and Hindustan Times, Patna. She switched over to electronic media in 1998. She has worked for Zee News and Sahara, and then she joined Aaj Tak in 2002.
She is known for her coverage of sports news. In 2005, her show Sourav ka Sixer won the award for best sports programme. She has also made friendly appearances in movies as an Aaj Tak news reporter. She lo covered Bihar Elections in 2015. Recently in 2017 she won the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award for Best TV Anchor.
8. Harishree Mehta, Times Now
Harishree Mehta is a Indian TV Journalist and anchor who has worked with CNBC TV18. She is a Chartered Accountant by education and she specialises in business, investment and stock market niche in TV journalism.
After she began her career with CNBX TV18, she joined Times Now. She has been hosting shows on Times Now channel, like Closing Bell, Mid Cap radar, Classroom and Stock and Money. She is the Stocks Editor for Times Now. Due to her chartered accountant background financial markets and investments are her natural areas of interest. She commands a lot of credibility on the topics she indulges in over the air.
7. Nidhi Razdan, NDTV 24×7
Nidhi Razdan is one of the most prominent Indian TV journalist. She had been anchoring NDTV 24×7 news show Left, Right & Centre. She started her career in 1999 with NDTV and has been continuing there as a news anchor and journalist. She has anchored several news shows and special events at NDTV. NDTV 24×7 is an English language television channel which is owned by Prannay Roy’s New Delhi Television Ltd. She has covered a mix of news events and live reporting. She covers a wide range of topics ranging from politics and economics to social issyes.
She belongs to a family of Kashmiri pundits and did her schooling from Delhi. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. She did her Post-Graduate Diploma in Radio and TV Journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. She was married to journalist and writer, Neelesh Misra; however, the couple later divorced.
She has won several accolades for her work including the Teacher’s Achievement Award (TAA) for Communication in Electronic Journalism category; and the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism for reporting from Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern India. She has also received the Jammu and Kashmir State government award for excellence in journalism.
6. Anjana Om Kashyap, Aaj Tak
Anjana Om Kashyap is a very popular Indian TV journalist and news presenter for India Today news channel, Aaj Tak. She is the most well=known face in the Hindi TV news segment. She was widely acclaimed for hosting the debate show Halla Bol. She has also done ground reporting for election event shows like Rajtilak and Dilli Ke Dil Mein Kya Hai. She has also hosted discussion and debate shows like Badi Behas and Do Took.
She started her career in 2003 with Doordarshan. Her program Aankhon Dekhi became very popular. Later that year she joined Zee News. After five years at Zee, she joined News 24 in 2007. Her Do Took debate program became very popular and she was appreciated for her unbiased and non-partisan attitude.
Anjana was born and brought up in Ranchi, where she did her schooling. She graduated from Delhi University and did her Diploma in Mass Journalism from Jamia Milia Islamiya university.
5. Avantika Singh, Headlines Today
Avantika Singh is an Indian TV journalist, anchor and newsreader on Indian English TV news channel Headlines Today. A graduate from Delhi University, Avantika started her career as a journalist in 2002.
Besides being a prime time news anchor, she has extensively covered events as a field reporter and has produced several shows on national and international news.She has covered breaking news stories such as the US presidential elections, London blasts, Mumbai terror attacks and Indian general elections. In 2011, she took a break from journalism and joined Teach for India social campaign on a two-year, full-time fellowship. She taught poor children in Delhi schools. After this stint was over, she joined back her journalism career.
4. Sonia Shenoy, CNBC TV18
Sonia Shenoy is one of the well known TV journalists, who is a news and financial analysts with CNBC-TV 18. She is the anchor, host and Deputy Research Head. She has hosted many shows on the business channel such as, Bazaar Morning Call, NSE Closing Bell, Markets and Macros, Markets Today etc. Her weekly show ‘Taking Stock’, which is a wrap-up of the stock market trading, is hugely popular. Sonia Shenoy also interviews stock market experts.
She has won several awards including the Young Professional of the Year Award at the Exchange4media News Broadcasting Awards (ENBA). She also likes to engage with viewers on social media and posts regular updates and photos of her travel experiences on her twitter account. She has a degree in Finance and Economics from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce in Mumbai. Before joining CNBC, she worked as an equity research analyst with Thomas Reuters.
3. Mini Menon, Bloomberg UTV
Mini Menon is a former Femina Miss India Asia Pacific, and an award winning TV journalist. Her work is focused on economic and business news. She was the Executive Editor of Bloomberg TV India. She has won the Times of India award for the popular face on Indian news television.
She started her career with TVi and then joined Star TV Network. She was also the news anchor for Goodlife on CNBC. She has won several awards for her work as a news anchor and journalist. In 2013 she was adjudged as one of the 10 most influential women in Indian Marketing, Advertising and Media. Mini’s popular show at Bloomberg TV India was, Inside India’s Best Known Companies. Other notable shows were ‘The Pitch’ and ‘Assignment’ and award winning documentaries ‘In Focus’ and few others.
She is Co-Founder and Editor at Live History India which is a digital media company focused on the stories that make India great. She has also written a book on Indian business, ‘Riding The Wave’ which was published by HarperCollins. She has won the award for the best business news anchor by the Indian Broadcast Federation, Zee Astitva Award for Journalism and Rajiv Gandhi award for Excellence as a young achiever.
Mini hails from a Kerala Malayali family. She was born in Jammu where her father, who was in army, was posted. Mini is a graduate of St Stephen’s College, Delhi and a Masters in Communication Research from the University of Pune. She studied Broadcast journalism in UK on a scholarship.
2. Shaili Chopra, ET Now
Shaili Chopra is an Indian business journalist and has worked with NDTV-profit and ET Now. She has won many awards on journalism including the 2012 Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Business Journalism. She has worked with NDTV 24 x 7 and NDTV Profit as the Senior News Editor for over five years. Then she joined ET NOW for where she worked for three years. She has covered international events like the G-20, WEF at Davos, The Bretton Woods Conference 2011, India Economic Summit etc.
She has won several awards including the News Television Award for the Best English Reporter across India for two consecutive years; her business-golf show Business on Course, won the Best Show Award, she has also won the Best Business Anchor award and FICCI’s Woman Achiever Award.
She was born in Jalandhar, India. She obtained her master’s degree in Broadcast and Television from The Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She is also an author and has authored three books. She is also an entrepreneur.
1. Mayanti Langer, STAR
Mayanti Langer is a well-known Indian TV sports journalist with STAR TV. She has been the host to Football Cafe on Zee Sports, 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast on ESPN, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2014 Indian Super League and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Mayanti is the daughter of an army officer. She graduated from Hindu College, University of Delhi. She is married to cricketer Stuart Binny who is the son of former Indian test cricketer Roger Binny.
She was the associate producer for Football Cafe on Zee Sports, and worked for various football shows on the Zee network. She does commentary and interviews during the match breaks and before and after the matches. She has also anchored on Zee Sports for the Nehru Cup football tournament and the Indian Cricket League.
She was a host on ESPN in the 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast in India. Subsequently he has hosted a number of national and international sports events in India. Mayanti has also hosted India vs South Africa Cricket test series in 2013 in Ten Sports; a sports news show Star Power on Star Sports One; the Champions League Cricket tournament, Indian Super League Football tournament TV broadcasts in 2014, and the Cricket World Cup 2015 for Star Sports.
It is a war for TRPs and every TV channel is trying their best to grab the maximum viewership. Towards this end they are not taking any chances. While content is still the king, the one who presents the content best is the queen. TV is a visual medium and grabs the eyes is important. A hot anchor and show host makes the viewers stick to the channel, even when there is a commercial break going on. So the viewers can expect more and more hot newsreaders and anchor who will try their best in attempting to keep the viewers hooked.