In a move that took news broadcasting industry by surprise, veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai had recently stepped down from his role as Editor-In-Chief, IBN Network.
exchange4media has learnt from industry sources that Sardesai was in talks with NewsX to do a daily prime time show.
Until quite recently, NewsX had pulled out of negotiations with Sardesai to do the prime time show, due to certain contractual issues. The disagreement also stemmed from the time slot of the show, that is rumoured to have become the bone of contention.
NewsX has been seen as doing well for the last few months and there was buzz that Sardesai was headed that way. Senior officials from ITV Network which runs NewsX declined to comment.
Sardesai has over 25 years of journalistic experience in print and television. Prior to setting up the IBN channels, he was Managing Editor of both NDTV 24X7 and NDTV India and was responsible for overseeing the news policy for both the channels. He has also worked with The Times of India for six years and was City Editor of its Mumbai edition at the age of 26.
During the last 20 years, he has covered major national and international stories, specialising in national politics. He has won numerous other awards for journalistic excellence, including the Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008, the International Broadcasters Award for coverage of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for 2007. He has won the Asian Television Award for talk show presentation and has been News Anchor of the Year at the Indian Television Academy awards for eight of the last nine years. He has been President of the Editors Guild of India and was also chosen as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.