“When sensation has replaced sense or noise has replaced news, you know, you feel—I don’t want to say that, but I feel almost an anachronism. Ancient, wrestling with self-doubt.”

Heavy words, coming from one of the biggest names in television news.

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It’s a fine August morning in Delhi—it had just rained—when we turn up at the home of news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai. Currently a consulting editor at the India Today Group, Sardesai comes on at 9PM, prime time on the group’s television channel, with his programme News Today.