India’s 10 most influential media persons

Malini T
·2 min read

Creating the definitive list of the who's who of a country as diverse as India is a tall order. The influence these personalities have over the media industry and on people in general is immense and extends beyond their profession.

Check out the methodology of how the list was compiled at the end of this piece.

1. Arnab Ranjan Goswami (born March 7, 1973) is an Indian journalist, who is the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Republic Media Network.

2. Navika Kumar (born August 21, 1978) is Group Editor - Politics, Times Network, and a popular anchor for TimesNow.

3. Rajdeep Sardesai (born May 24, 1965) is an Indian news anchor, multimedia journalist and author. He is a consulting editor at the India Today group.

4. Ravish Kumar (born December 5, 1974) is an Indian journalist, author and media personality. He is Senior Executive Editor at NDTV India.

5. Shekhar Gupta (born August 26, 1957) is an Indian journalist and author. He is the founder and the current Editor-in-Chief of The Print.

6. Rahul Kanwal (born September 14, 1980) is an Indian TV journalist and News Director at India Today.

7. Prannoy Lal Roy (born October 15, 1949) is an Indian journalist, economist, chartered accountant and media personality. He is the co-founder of New Delhi Television (NDTV) along with his wife, Radhika Roy.

8. Sudhir Chaudhary (born June 7, 1974) is an Indian journalist and the Editor-in-Chief of Zee News.

9. Barkha Dutt (born December 18, 1971) is an Indian TV journalist, author and owner of news channel MoJo. She worked with NDTV for 21 years before leaving in January 2017.

10. Rajat Sharma (born February 18, 1957) is an Indian journalist and Editor-in-Chief of India TV. He is also the creator of the TV show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’.


Note: Personalities in this list have been recognised on the basis of their influence over the country’s media industry, their fans, and people in general, and also the change they have brought about through their brand of journalism.

The final list was compiled by Yahoo editors by taking into account the aforementioned points and also factors such as the social media influence these media persons wield, their popularity, their impact on society, their newsworthiness, the general power they possess to make things happen, and readers’ polls.

This list looks at the ‘10 most influential media persons in India’. Other lists will rank business leaders, sportspeople, politicians, and personalities from the civil society.

Look out for these in the coming days. Like all such rankings, these too are subjective and open to debate.

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