Working as a television journalist/news anchor is not an easy task at all. You require a great deal of skill and knowledge to be a successful news anchor, or a television journalist. The news anchor plays the dual role of reading news to the people and keeping viewers engaged with his programme and the channel using interesting presentation skills. This great responsibility means they are also well paid especially in countries that value their contributions to the growth of a TV station. India is one of such countries with high earning TV news journalists. Here are the 5 highest paid ones in India.
1. Arnab Goswami
Arnab Goswami is the managing director of the Republic TV which he co-founded along with Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Goswami started his career with ‘The Telegraph” in Kolkata. He was the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of the Times Now news channel. His channel was one of the most watched channels in the country, and even now with his Republic TV. It is said that he is paid heavily and his monthly salary is said to be above Rs 1 crore, which means he earns Rs. 12 crore per year.
2. Rajdeep Sardesai
Rajdeep Sardesai is a news anchor and author. He is currently a consulting editor at the India Today group, and hosts India Today television. Rajdeep Sardesai’s monthly package is said to be close to Rs. 80 lakhs, and his net annual income is about Rs. 10 crores.
3. Barkha Dutt
Barkha Dutt is a television journalist and news anchor who was part of NDTV’s team for 21 years until she left the channel in January 2017. It is said that Dutt was given an approximate salary of Rs. 30 lakhs per month (excluding perks), and her annual income stands above Rs. 3.5 crores.
4. Sudhir Chaudhary
Sudhir Chaudhary is television journalist who serves as the editor-in-chief and business head of the Hindi news channel Zee News. He is known for anchoring popular prime time show Daily News & Analysis (DNA). Before being the head of Zee News, he was the editor of Live India and MI Marathi channel. It is said that Sudhir gets Rs. 25 lakhs per month, bringing his annual salary to 3 crores.
5. Ravish Kumar
Ravish Kumar is a news anchor, writer and journalist who covers topics pertaining to Indian politics and society. He is a senior executive editor at NDTV India. Ravish Kumar’s average monthly package is above Rs. 18 lakhs, taking his annual salary from Rs. 2 to 3 crores.
(with reports from topyaps)