Top 10 Popular Indian Women TV Reporters/Anchors

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TV is basically a visual medium. No doubt it is the content of the program that ultimately matters for its success or failure, measured in TRPs, in reaching out to the viewers, but the personality especially of a woman anchor or newsreader also contributes substantially to its popularity. Although the selectors of women presenters in any TV news channel may not openly acknowledge, it is an undeniable fact that they do accord some unspoken importance to their glamour quotient while deciding their eligibility. Here is a list of top 10 popular Indian women TV news reporters/anchors based upon their intelligence, personality and presentation skills.

10. Mini Menon

Daughter of late Lt. Gen P E Menon, a Malayali army officer, Mini Menon was born in Jammu, where her father was then posted. She did her graduation in history from Saint Stephen’s college in Delhi and masters in Communication Research from the University of Pune. She also won a scholarship for study Broadcast journalism in UK. She has spent 16 years in covering news on political and business affairs. She is currently the Executive Editor of Bloomberg TV India, where she conducts news and features shows. Mini has won several awards for her performance and was adjudged one of the top 10 influential women in Indian Marketing, Advertising and Media by Impact magazine in 2013.

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9. Sweta Singh

Sweta Singh was born on 21 August, 1977 in New Delhi. She received her college education from Patna University. She was involved in journalism even during her graduation days and covered Bihar news for Times of India. Sweta worked for Zee News and Sahara before finally joining Aaj Tak in 2002 where she continues to work to date as news anchor and Deputy Editor. She has won several awards including the Best News Producer Award for Vandematram in 2013.

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8. Naghma Saher

Naghma Saher did her Masters in Geography from the Delhi School of Economics. She worked with Asian Age before joining NDTV in 2003 as a news anchor. She loves to cover stories that have a deep bearing on human lives. Her program Salam Zindagi that dealt with stories of courage and success became quite popular with the viewers. Naghma is currently hosting a program, International Agenda wherein she presents news on international affairs, India’s relations with neighbours and its defence policies particularly vis a vis Pakistan and China.

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7. Ayesha Faridi

Born on February 8, 1979 in Delhi, Aeysha Farida graduated from Delhi University and started her journalistic career in 2003 as a reporter and producer with the BBC World Service and later with MTV India. She has also worked as an anchor and researcher at CNBC-TV18. She joined ET Now in May 2010 where she is still working as a Markets Anchor. She hosts daily market programs on stocks and shares such as The Market, First Trades, Markets at Lunch, Riding the Bull and Closing Trades. Her weekly market series include Your Trades-the Week Ahead. Ayesha married Nakul Vengsarkar, an interior designer and architect turned photographer on 27 April, 2013 at Le Meridian, Delhi.

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6. Richa Anirudh

Richa Anirudh was born on 31 May 1975 to Harish Badal, a doctor and Rekha, a home maker, in Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. She gets her name Anirudha from her husband Aniruddha Thatte. She started her journalist career with DD and later on shifted to Zee News. She finally settled with IBN7 where she has been hosting a popular program Zindagi Live. The program deals with human courage and perseverance in face of extreme adversities, The program has been winning Best Talk Show award every year for its episodes on social issues like student suicides, Gujarat riots, female foeticide, child sexual abuse and much more.

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5. Anjana Om Kashyap

Born on 12 June 1975 in Ranchi, Anjana Om Kashyap completed her schooling from Loreto Convent, graduation in Botany Honours from Daulat Ram College, Delhi University and Masters from the Delhi School of Social Work. She also obtained diploma in Journalism from Jamia Milia Islamia. Starting with a brief stint in DD, Anjana worked with Zee News, News 24 before joining Aaj Tak. Her show Do Tuk is very popular with the viewers. This glamorous TV news anchor is married to her college boyfriend and has two children, a 13 year old daughter and a six year old son.

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4. Nidhi Razdan

Born and bred in Delhi, Nidhi Razdan completed her education in Delhi. She did her CBSE at Apeejay School, graduation from Lady Sri Ram College and post-graduation from Indian Institute of Mass Education. She started her TV journalist career with NDTV and has since anchored a variety of programs including prime time news in NDTV 24×7 and another news show ‘Left, Right Center’. She also takes up foreign affairs, Kashmir including Pakistan-occupied region, Tibet and issues in national politics. Nidhi is married to Neelesh Misra, a journalist and songwriter.

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3. Anuradha Prasad

Anuradha Prasad is sister of Ravi Shankar Prasad, a BJP minister; and married to Rajiv Shukla, a former journalist and Congress minister. She carries ‘laddoos’ in both her hands. Anuradha completed her masters in Political Science from Delhi University and joined Money Matters, a popular business magazine. It was here that she discovered her love for journalism and media. She launched her own company B.A.G Films & Media Ltd in 1993 in a 2 bedroom apartment in New Delhi with a modest investment of 40,000 rupees. Then, as they say, there was no looking back. She set up News 24 where her program Aamne Saamne with Anuradha Prasad is very popular.

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2. Sagrika Ghose

Sagrika Ghose and Rajrdeep Sardesai, both brilliant TV and print media journalists form an ideal made- for- each other couple. Both worked for CNN-IBN and left it almost simultaneously in 2014. While Rajdeep joined India Today, Sagrika Ghose joined the Times of India group. During her stint with CNN-IBN, she hosted several interesting programs across a range of subjects from women issues to politics to economics. Though not a regular presenter for Times Now, Sagrika does appear quite frequently in the news channel’s programs in one capacity or another. The mother of two adult children, a son and daughter, Sagrika at 49, is still conscious of her good looks and intelligence—the two attributes she regards as the primary reasons for professional and general envy resulting in threats to her own security as well of her daughter, Tarini.

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1. Barkha Dutt

Born on 18 December, 1971 to Prabha Dutt, a reputed journalist with Hindustan Times and S.P Dutt, an Air India official; Barkha Dutt completed her graduation from St. Stephens College, Delhi. She did her masters in mass communication from Jamia Millia Islamia and a course in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York. She joined NDTV and worked with the media house throughout her journalistic career. She has now resigned from NDTV to set up her own venture. Barkha Dutt is a very popular and influential TV journalist and has anchored several important programs including Kargil war, Pakistan, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iraq and Gujarat riots. She has been honoured with several national and international awards including the prestigious Padam Shri. She is also considered one of the most influential Twitter personalities with a fan following of 2. 04 millions. She has been named by TIME as one of best twitter140 feeds.

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CONCLUSION

There are several areas like defence, aeronautics, business, space research and sports etc. where women do not have as much representation as their male counterparts. There is, however, one area where they probably excel them in terms of numbers, skills, popularity and performance. This is electronic media, particularly television. Visual media is teeming with hordes of talented, beautiful and charming women reporters, anchors, editors, presenters, directors and producers of a variety of programs that keep the viewers hooked to their television sets.

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