Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Times Now and anchor of News Hour, India’s leading prime-time news show according to TAM, a TV rating agency, says he is one of the oldest members of his editorial team at 38. Excluding him, the average age of his team is 25. At a rival channel, Headlines Today, the head is Rahul Kanwal. His age: 32 years. We let go and didn’t ask him the average age of his team. Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN-IBN, who is in his forties, describes himself as a “near-dinosaur” managing a twentysomething team.
News on TV, if you haven’t noticed, is young and restless. Its young reporters are everywhere, demanding answers for everything, 24x7. It’s a world of hysterical PTCS (piece-to-cameras), of soundbite warriors, of cacophonous debate. It takes high energy levels and single-minded professionalism to cope with the rigours of TV reporting. It can be taxing on the not-so-young.