You can watch them every day and every night. Their words not only gives out the news. They have become the voice of the nation. What they directly ask to the politicians, activists, celebrities and others is what the nation wants to know too. The strong persona of theirs have made them gain the tag of the highest paid journalist in India.
From Arnab Goswami to Barkha Dutt, all have achieved fame, money and power. I guess the nation sure does want to know who is the highest paid journalist in India.
Known for his assertiveness in being hyper vocal and forthright with whatever’s on his mind, Arnab Goswami is one of the most talked about journalists in India. The former Editor in Chief and news presenter of Times Now is now also the proprietor and managing director of Republic TV which he co- owns.
His shows Nation Wants To Know, news analysis programme Newsnight, The Newshour, Frankly Speaking with Arnab, The Debate with Arnab Goswami are high raters mainly because of his enthusiasm and energy. With a monthly income of Rs 1 crore, Goswami is easily one among the highest paid journalist in India.
At present the consulting editor of the Indian Today Group, eminent Rajdeep Sardesai takes home a whopping monthly salary of Rs 80 lakhs. Sardesai is the host of the show India Today Television and also had his own company, the Global Broadcast News (GBN) that he founded in collaboration with the American giant CNN. An annual income of roughly Rs 10 crores ranks Sardesai second in the list of highest paid journalist in India.
Reknowned Indian journalist and television broadcaster Barkha Dutt’s front line war reporting on the Kargil Conflict in 1999 stands out in making her one of the most prominent news figurines in the country.
The once consulting publishing supervisor of NDTV and the recently sacked consulting editor at Tiranga TV, Dutt earns a salary of Rs 30 lakhs per month. The 2012 “TV Personality of the year” as recognised by the Association for International Broadcasting, Dutt has been the host of the award-winning talk-show We The People and the daily prime-time show The Buck Stops Here.
Ravish Kumar is widely acclaimed as one of the finest new anchor in India. His annual income is over Rs 2 crores annually. He is a firm contender to claim the coveted spot of one of the highest paid journalist in India.
Kumar is currently a senior executive editor at the Hindi news channel of the NDTV news network, NDTV India. The host of shows like Prime Time, Hum Log and Ravish Ki Report, Kumar has also authored the book “The Free Voice – On Democracy, Culture and The Nation”.
As a journalist, Kumar is lauded for his attitude of genuine journalism and not sensationalising news coverage.
Sudhir Chaudhary is the editor-in-chief of Hindi news channel Zee News in which capacity he draws a salary of Rs 35 lakhs per month. Chaudhary is also the host of the news show Daily News & Analysis and has been a pioneer in live television reporting and also in 24 hours news television.
Gaurav Kalra is one of the best sports anchors in India. Once the Sports Journalist for CNN IBN, Kalra now serves as Senior Editor for developing video reporting and content making group at ESPN CricInfo. His vast interest and knowledge in sports has been instrumental in pitting him as being among the best of the lot India has had. The annual income of Gaurav Kalra is about 1.5 crore.
Maneka Doshi has been a name that remains synonymous mainly with the coverage of news relating to energy, oil, gas, petrochemicals and of cement in India. The Corporate Editor of the business news reporting arena of CNBC TV18 has an annual income of Rs 1.5 crores.
Doshi has been with TV18 since 1996 as Features Reporter on India Business Report (BBC) and has also anchored and produced shows like Young Turks and Realty Check, and presently The Firm and Riders in the Storm. Maneka is notable for being the first ever recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award when it was incepted in 2006.
Another leading TV journalist in India is Vikram Chandra who is also one among the highest paid in the country. Chandra is the host of India’s most trusted tech show Gadget Guru and also anchors the Big Fight on NDTV.
Chandra’s reputation as one of India’s top journalists has largely been built around his coverage of the Kashmir conflict. The consulting editor of the NDTV network, Chandra’s net annual income is an estimated Rs 2 crores.
Chandra had been recognised as the “Global Leader for Tomorrow” fin 2007 by the World Economic Forum in Davos and was selected as a “Young Global Leader. He is also a government psychoanalyst as well as a technology expert who has founded Editorji Technologies.
The country’s premier movie critic and entertainment journalist, Rajeev Masand also occupies coveted position as being one of the highest paid journalist in India. The entertainment editor of CNN-IBN, Masand’s annual income is a whopping Rs 1 crore.
Recent Bollywood and Hollywood releases are reviewed by Masand in his weekend show Now Showing and also in a video review series on the CNN-IBN website. Masand has his own website Rajeevmasand.com where he puts up content about movies that matter.
Shaili Chopra is a business journalist and entrepreneur who is the founder of SheThePeople.TV that promotes women journalism. GolfingIndian.com, India’s solitary platform dedicated to the sport of golf is also another of Chopra’s ventures.
For someone who has covered prestigious international events like the G-20, WEF@Davos, The Bretton Woods Conference 2011, India Economic Summit and the World Retail Congress, Shaili Chopra draws an annual income of roughly Rs 1.5 crores.
Abhigyan Prakash is the Senior Executive Editor of NDTV India and is known for his shows like Muqabla, Jai Jawan, India Rocks, NewsPoint and Mumbai Central. Prakash has an annual income of Rs 1 crore.