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'It’s about having news sense'

Vinay Tewari, executive editor, CNN-IBN speaks to Kinjal Dagli on the growth and development of the media.Global opportunities

delhi Updated: May 13, 2008 21:42 IST
Kinjal Dagli

What skills should a news anchor have?

A misconception is that you just need a pretty face. We first look for journalists. In the 1970s, one used to read news off the teleprompter; now you have to anchor a bulletin, which means you need to know the subject.

Part of the problem is that the talent required to be a journalist is largely undefined — it’s about having news sense, which cannot be obtained with a degree. Even people with several years of experience in the field may not possess news judgment.

How difficult is it to survive and rise in the industry?
An ability to work hard and work odd hours is a must. If you have a problem coming in to the office at midnight, then this is not the field for you. A nose for news and a hunger to absorb everything around you will stand you in good stead.

Are the print, television and Web media fighting for business?
When the television industry began to burgeon, everyone thought newspapers would be wiped out. But we have only witnessed the launch of more editions. Besides, the penetration level for television is still low in India. As the number of cable and satellite homes grows, the margins will increase.