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Richa Jain Kalra

The NDTV India news anchor, on her book The ABC of News Anchoring

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Why a book about news anchoring?

It sheds light on the challenges and responsibilities associated with anchoring today, which have never been addressed before.

The best remedy against stress in front of the camera?

Stress is a creation of the mind. It is to be countered with confidence.

A sudden snapping of communication with the control room. What do you do?

Keeping presence of mind is key. Observe, think and act—as the communication gap
shall not be evident to the viewers.

Can an anchor always remain neutral?

Anchors leave out their political ideology and other orientations. But sometimes, an issue is so blatant and outrageous that neutrality is overpowered by emotion. The recent molestation of a girl in Guwahati is one such case. It outraged me personally and the anger was reflected on-air while I was anchoring.

Your role model on TV?

Dr Prannoy Roy strikes a bond with his viewers, while Rajdeep Sardesai is a master of the art of digging out news from his guests.

Anchor’s dress code: western or Indian?

This depends on channel policy. Personally, western dress requires less maintenance.

The best part about news anchoring?

The ability to reach out and connect with thousands, if not millions, of people.

How do you separate work and private life?

I don’t discuss work at home, nor do I go on about my private life at office.

The funniest mistake you have made on air?

When I forgot to put my cellphone on silent mode. It was in my back pocket. It rang when I was on air. I tried to reach it with one hand, making it look like I was scratching my back.

Can making one mistake while on air jeopardise one’s career?

This depends on the gravity of the mistake. A word, once spoken, can’t be taken back.

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