10. Sagarika Ghose | News Anchor on CNN-IBN
Sagarika Ghose has been a journalist since 1991 and has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express. She is the deputy editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN. She has won several Indian awards in journalism. She was awarded the Gr8-ITA award for Excellence in Journalism in 2009 and in the year 2006 she received an Excellence in Journalism Award from the FICCI. In 2013, she received the NT Award for Best Public Debate Show. Ghose happens to be the first woman who got the chance to anchor the popular BBC show Question Time India.
Ghose received her bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. She has a Bachelor’s in Modern History from Magdalen College and an M.Phil. from St Antony’s College, Oxford. Apart from being a successful journalist, she also carries a great passion towards writing. She is the author of two novels, The Gin Drinkers, published in 1998 and her second novel Blind Faith was published in 2006 by Harper Collins.
9. Shaili Chopra | Tehelka, ET Now
A familiar face on TV, Shaili Chopra is an award-winning business news anchor with nearly twelve years of experience in television anchoring, reporting and writing columns. She is the Business Editor for Tehelka, writes a popular golf column ‘Tee Off With Shaili Chopra’ for the DNA. Until September 2012, Shaili was the Senior Editor and Lead Female Anchor at ET Now, the Economic Times Business News Channel.
Shaili anchored the primetime shows and interviewed the likes of Warren Buffett, George Soros, Anshu Jain, P Chidambaram, Christine Lagarde and many others. She has also covered the Mumbai terror attacks live from outside the Taj Mahal Hotel.
8. Anjana Om Kashyap | Aaj Tak
Anjana Om Kashyap, the Aaj Tak news anchor and author. She is the Deputy Editor of Aaj Tak. She was also a prime-time anchor and Deputy Executive Producer at News 24, a Hindi news channel. Anjana started her journalism career in 2003 by joining Zee News for a desk job. She worked in Zee for about five years before joining News 24 in 2007. In 2012, she joined Aaj Tak as AEP. Her special coverage of the 16 December gang rape made headlines. She regularly hosts a debate show, Halla Bol on Aaj Tak.
7. Archana Vijaya | Channel [V]
Archana Vijaya, from Kolkata, is a television presenter, model and video jockey for Channel V in India. She began her career after she won the 1st Supermodel/Reality TV show Get Gorgeous season 1‐in India by Channel [V]. In 2005, she host Gorgeous season 2, the very same contest she had won in the first season. She is one of the most sought after television hosts in India. She has done shows of various genres such as Travel, (Freedom Express 1 and 2), Bollywood (BOLLY [V]), Music (Junglee Jukebox) Glamour/Gossip(EBUZZ for AXN ASIA), Reality (Get Gorgeous season 2 and Sunsilk Bindass Blue Carpet (UTV BINDASS). Archana is the first to start the trend of Cricketainment with shows such as Tour Diary,Cricket Tadka Maarke etc, which have made her one of the most popular faces in Cricket Broadcasting. She also present the Indian Premier League, the biggest sporting extravaganza on Indian television, for Set Max, in 2011.
6. Mini Menon | Bloomberg TV
The Executive Editor of Bloomberg TV India, Mini Menon was a Femina Miss India winner back in 1996. She is a popular face in the Indian media who has been active for covering both political and business news for the last 15 years. She has won awards for her work as a news anchor and journalist and In 2013 she was adjudged as one of the 10 most influential women in Indian Marketing, Advertising and Media by Impact magazine. In 2008- 2009 she was judged the best business news anchor by the Indian Broadcast Federation, Zee Astitva Award for Journalism, Rajiv Gandhi award for Excellence as a young achiever, Miss India Asia-Pacific. She holds a graduation degree in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and masters in communication studies from Pune University.
5. Nidhi Razdan | NDTV
Nidhi Razdan is the primary anchor of NDTV 24×7. She has a face to die for, and that coupled with her velvet voice and excellent journalism skills, makes her one of the most watched journalists in India. Razdan joined NDTV in the year 1999 as a news anchor, who soon got promoted to a senior journalist. She has reported extensively on a wide range of key political, economic, and social stories from the Indian subcontinent. These include reporting new stories from conflict area of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, A brutal gang-rape in New Delhi in December 2012. Owing to her commendable work on various events, she received the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Razdan has anchored the following shows on NDTV; NDTV 24×7, prime time news – Left, Right & Centre, variety talk show – India Decides @ 9 and The Lead.
4. Harishree Mehta | NDTV
Harishree Mehta is the most common face of Times Now on their business and stock segment. She is a qualified chartered accountant who is known to have an appreciable knowledge of the stock markets, and her ability to draw links and trends between the markets, policy and the macro-economic scenario. She has been associated with some of the best known shows in the Indian business television scenario.
3. Shereen Bhan | CNBC
This beautiful face is familiar if you have seen shows like ‘Young Turk’ , ‘India Business Hour’, ‘The Nation’s Business’ and ‘Power Turks’. Belong to a Hindu Kashmiri Pandit family, this gorgeous lady is the Delhi Bureau Chief and the Head of CNBC-TV18. Shareen Bhan start her career working as a news-researcher for Karan Thapar in his production house Infotainment Television. She joined UTV’s News and Current Affairs division and produced numerous shows like We the People for Star TV and Line of Fire for Sab TV. In December 2000, she joined CNBC-TV18.
The World Economic Forum recognized Bhan in 2009, by listing her one among the Young Global Leaders of 2009. In 2005, she was awarded the FICCI Woman of the Year award. Women’s magazine Femina included her among the 20 Beautiful Faces of the year 2005. She was figured among the 50 most Beautiful Women in the Vogue October 2008 issue.
2. Sweta Singh | Aaj Tak
Sweta Singh – a news anchor and Deputy Editor of Aaj Tak. She started her career in print media in 1996 from The Times of India, Patna, and also for Hindustan Times to cover Bihar news. Before joining Aaj Tak in 2002, she has worked for Zee News and Sahara. She is known for her expertise in covering sports related news. Her show Sourav ka Sixer won the award for best sports programme by Sports Journalism Federation of India (SJFI) in 2005. She is graduate in Mass Communications from Patna University.
1. Mayanti Langer | ESPN
The most popular Indian TV sports journalist with ESPN. Mayanti Langer grew her interest in football when she was in USA. She was in her college football team in the beginning and then became a guest anchor for a broadcast of FIFA beach football. Her inclination towards football coupled with her sultry looks has helped her become a popular sports journalist with ESPN. She has hosted the FIFA World Cup 2010 broadcast on ESPN. Mayanti also hosted 2010 Commonwealth Games – Delhi and 2011 Cricket World Cup. She is a BA(Hons) graduate from Hindu College, University of Delhi. She is married to the Karnataka & Rajasthan Royals cricketer Stuart Binny.