Three top TV news anchors get Padma Shri


New Delhi : Three well-known faces of Indian news television have been honoured with the Padma Shri awards announced Friday. They are Barkha Dutt, managing editor of NDTV 24X7, Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief of the news channel CNN-IBN, and Vinod Dua, a popular anchor and analyst with NDTV India, the Hindi arm of NDTV.

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Barkha Dutt, who made her mark with daring reportage of the Kargil war in 1999, has covered conflicts from the frontlines in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. She hosts a popular chat show, “We The People” every week.

Her work has won her over 20 international and national awards, including the Commonwealth Broadcasters Award, 2002, the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum in 2001, and the Broadcast Journalist of the Year award from the Indian Express, in 2005. She also writes a weekly column for The Hindustan Times and The Khaleej Times.

Rajdeep Sardesai, son of cricketer Dilip Sardesai, moved to television journalism in 1994 after a long stint in the print media. He was the political editor of the NDTV and the host of the award winning talk show, The Big Fight. He now heads the editorial team at CNN-IBN and writes for several English dailies. Sardesai is known for incisive interview and analytical skills.

Vinod Dua, who shot to limelight with his current affairs Parakh for Doordarshan, is known for his cutting edge election and political analysis in NDTV’s Hindi channel.