Rajdeep Sardesai is an Indian news anchor and author. Sardesai is currently a consulting editor at the India Today group, and hosts India Today Television. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Global Broadcast News, that included CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat—which he resigned in July 2014.
Rajdeep Sardesai 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 quit NDTV on 17 April 2005 to start his own company, Global Broadcast News (GBN), in collaboration with the American giant CNN and Raghav Bahl’s TV18. 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. Subsequently, on 01 July 2014, Rajdeep, editor-in-chief of CNN IBN along with the entire founding team – editorial and managerial- resigned from the Network18 group.
The Govt of India, in 2008 awarded the Padma Shri. The International Broadcasters award for coverage of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism award for 2006 was also awarded to him.
The Election that Changed India which was released on 1 November 2014 was written by Sardesai. His latest title published is Democracy’s XI, published by Juggernaut Books. He had also co-authored the chapter The Truth Hurts: Gujarat and the Role of the Media in the book Gujarat:The making of a tragedy, which was edited by Siddharth Varadarajanand published by Penguin. He is married to journalist and author Sagarika Ghose.