When it comes to newscasters in India, there are a few recognizable names: Pronnoy Roy, Aaj Tak’s late S.P. Singh; India TV’s Rajat Sharma, CNBC’s Raghav Behl, Barkha Dutt, Rajeev Sardesai, and some regional news veterans like Mir (Bengali), Aarti Kalita (Assamese). But most of them have high recall because they have been around for ages. A few talk show specialists like Karan Thapar, Vir Sanghvi, do rounds of channels. One might say Shekhar Suman and Navjot Sidhu are also
But there was indeed a time, when newscasters had some aura around them: remember the days of Rini Simon, Salma Sultan, Usha Alburquerque; a time when news occupied one of the three hours of broadcast available on public TV.