Shows Hosted : Breaking News, Aap ki Adalat
Rajat Sharma is Chairman and Editor-in Chief of India TV, the Nation’s most watched news channel.
He is best known for his popular show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’. The show has continued to captivate viewers for a record 21 years. He has grilled over 1000 personalities with a trademark smile in the longest running television show in India’s television history. This show got him the Best Anchor felicitation several times, including the Indian Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Before branching out into television, Mr Sharma made a mark with distinguished 10-year tenure in the print media, where he was the Editor of important national publications. The transition from a successful print Editor to an international television news personality, and then from a `manager-entrepreneur’ to an `entrepreneur-manager’ are, perhaps, unique in the Indian media.
In 1995 he created history by launching India’s first private television news bulletin. This bulletin was beamed across satellite footprints in Asia, Europe and North Africa, and it became the beacon light of freedom and impartiality in the Indian television news genre
When Rajat Sharma launched India TV no one had imagined that it will be India’s number one news channel in a short span of four years. Rajat Sharma and India TV are now called nations news leaders. Last year, a nation-wide survey conducted by Hindustan, the leading Hindi daily, named Mr Sharma as the Hero of the media industry. In their citation, the editors of Hindustan noted that "with his commitment to win in the market, Mr Sharma changed the very meaning of television news…and he did not rest until he had taken India TV right at the top."
Under Mr. Sharma’s leadership, India TV has created benchmarks in innovation, impact, ratings, time spends, and viewer-support. Indeed, India TV’s newsbreaks have inspired talk shows on rival channels, Bollywood films, BBC documentaries and articles in Time Magazine, even Amul hoardings.
The channel’s popularity is no accident. It is the result of Mr. Sharma leading the way on the lonely path of “credibility first.” It is the result of the efforts of a self-made man who kept both his feet firmly to the ground, a journalist for whom the viewer’s interest has been paramount.
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