Are you aware of the salary of your favorite news anchor? Don’t worry, we are here to help you with our new article in which we will provide you with detailed information about the salaries of the highest-paid news anchors in India. You will be surprised to see the exact money they are getting for delivering the news to your television.
There was a time when journalism was not considered a good profession for high earnings, but now the time has changed. The way of reading the news has also changed. Please have a look at the journalists who are taking the highest salaries for their jobs.
1. Arnab Goswami
Arnab Goswami stands first on the list of the highest-paid news anchors. His estimated annual salary is more than 12 crores. He is currently employed as the managing director and editor-in-chief for the Republic media network. His show “The nation wants to know” got very much attention from viewers.
Arnab started his career with “Telegraph” in Kolkata and worked there for almost one year, then he moved to Delhi and joined NDTV in 1996 and worked there as a news anchor for the show “News Tonight”. He spent ten years of this career with the NDTV channel. In 2006, he joined “Times Now” as editor-in-chief and resigned in 2016. After that Republic Media Network was in 2017 and launched its two news channels “Republic Bharat” in Hindi, and Republic TV in English. It was funded by Rajeev Chandrashekhar, and Arnab got the position of managing director of this network.
He is a very dedicated and expressive journalist and very controversial as well. He has a huge fan base who love to watch his shows. Arnab has a long list of his haters as well. But you can get an idea from his earnings that he is the most successful journalist in India.
2. Rajdeep Sardesai
Rajdeep holds the second position in the list of highest salaried news personalities in India. His annual income is around 10 crores. He has done his graduation in economics from St. Xavier College, Mumbai. Rajdeep began his career with “The Times of India” in 1988 as a city editor for Mumbai. He worked there for six years and then entered Journalism in 1994 and joined NDTV as a political editor. He has hosted the very popular show “The Big Fight” on NDTV.
In 2005, he quitted NDTV and started his own company “Global Broadcast News” in association with CNN. He was the editor-in-chief for Channel “CNN-IBN”, Later its name changed to IBN 7. Rajdeep Sardesai was honored with the “Padam Shri” award in 2008 by the government of India. Rajdeep has written and published his book as well “2014: The Election that Changed India”. This book was loved by the readers and became the best-selling book of 2015.
3. Nidhi Razdan
Nidhi is a famous news anchor and journalist. She is the senior editor of NDTV. She has covered a huge number of events and debates. Her annual salary is around 4 crores.
She has hosted a famous show of NDTV 24×7 “Left Right & Center”. In addition, she has pursued her journalism course from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. Nidhi joined NDTV in 1999 and worked for 21 years in the same news channel up to June 2020.
She has anchored many popular shows on NDTV like “The Big Fight”, “Let India Decides” “Prime Time News” and” The Lead”. After Leaving NDTV, she has been offered the job of associate professor in journalism from Harvard University.
4. Rajat Sharma
He is the founder of India TV and a very senior journalist as well. He has been running his show “Aap Ki Adalat” for the last 27 years. He is a very brilliant news anchor with significant engagement and communication skills. He reads the daily 9 pm news on India TV very clearly and honestly. Viewers connect with him and love his anchoring.
The annual Income of Rajat Sharma is around 3.84 crores. Before starting his channel India TV, Rajat Sharma was a famous anchor in Zee News and running the same show “Aap Ki Adalat” and “Janta Ki Adalat” on Star news. In 2004, He started his own channel ‘India TV” with his wife.
Rajat Sharma has a very pleasing personality, and their way of reading the news is impressive and different from other reporters. Every celebrity related to sports, movies, politics has been watched on his show. Even our prime minister Mr. Narender Modi was live on his show. So the popularity of his show is huge.
5. Sudhir Choudhary
He is a very reliable and famous journalist and media personality. His annual income is approximately 3 to 4 crores. Sudhir’s show “DNA: Daily News & Analysis” is very popular among viewers and highly informative.
Sudhir is working as editor-in-chief in Zee News right now. He started his career in the 1990s and worked in multiple news channels like Sahara Samay, India TV, and Zee News. Sudhir has the quality to stand up with the facts and honestly speaks what he thinks about a particular incident or situation.
The career of Sudhir is also loaded with several controversies. In 2012, Sudhir was arrested by police on extortion charges against the complaint filed by businessman and politician Naveen Jindal. But he took his complaint back in 2018, and the case was closed. In May 2020, Kerala police registered an FIR against Sudhir for his 11th March broadcast of DNA where Sudhir discussed “Types of Jihads” which shows his islamophobic nature
6. Barkha Dutt
Barkha is a very famous and brilliant news anchor. She has worked with NDTV for 21 years till 2017. At NDTV, she has hosted a very famous talk show “We: The people”. Her annual income is about 3.6 crores.
She has done her post-graduation from Jamia Millia Islamia Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi. Then she moved to New York and pursued a master’s in journalism from Columbia University as well. She has covered and reported the story of the Kargil war between India and Pakistan in 1999.
She was awarded Padam Shri by Prime Minister “Dr. Manmohan Singh” in 2008 for covering the story of TSunami in 2004. She also has her youtube news channel MoJo story.
7. Ravish Kumar
Ravish Kumar is a very popular TV news anchor and media personality. He is currently working with NDTV India as a senior executive editor. He has hosted many popular TV shows on NDTV like “Desh Ki Baat”, “Ravish Ki Report”, Primetime, and We: The people. His annual income is around 3 crores.
Ravish was born in Jitwarpur village in Bihar. He has completed his graduation from Deshbandhu College, New Delhi, and pursued a post-graduate diploma in Hindi journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass communication.
He has won the “Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award” twice for the “Best Journalist of the year” in 2013 and 2017 and Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2019. Ravish’s name is also included in the list of 100 most influential Indians of 2016.
8. Anjana Om Kashyap
Anjana is one of the most prominent and famous news anchors on the Aaj Tak Channel. She is working as an executive editor at Aaj Tak Channel. Her annual income is around 3 crores.
She completed her graduation in journalism from Jamia Millia Islamia in 2000 and started her career with Doordarshan where she was allotted the news desk of the popular show “Aankhon Dekhi”. But she moved to Zee News within a year. She always wanted to be an anchor, after a few years in Zee News, she passed the auditions of anchors, and the channel occasionally used her as an anchor for special features.
In 2007, Anjana joined the News 24 channel, where she was assigned the task of mainstream anchor in debates. But in 2012, she quitted her job with News 24 and moved to the Aaj Tak Hindi channel. She hosts the daily Debate shows’ Halla Bol’ and election-based Debate shows “Rajtilak” and ‘Dilli Ke Dil Mein Kya Hai’ on Aaj Tak Hindi Channel.