Rajdeep Sardesai (born May 24,1965) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is an Indian political commentator and news presenter. He is the son of former Indian Test cricketer Dilip Sardesai and Nandini Sardesai, an activist in Mumbai and former head of the Dept of Sociology at St Xavier's College. He attended the Cathedral and John Connon School and Campion School in Mumbai and completed bachelor's course in Economics from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He obtained a second bachelor's and a law degree from Oxford University.
Rajdeep is married to journalist Sagarika Ghose, who is also a journalist with Cnn-Ibn. They met at Oxford University.
He moved to television journalism in 1994 as Political Editor, New Delhi Television (NDTV.) He was the host of the award-winning talk show The Big Fight, and was particularly appreciated for his coverage of the Gujarat riots. Rajdeep Sardesai later quit NDTV to start his own company, Global Broadcast News (GBN) in collaboration with the American giant CNN and Raghav Bahl's TV18. The latter broadcasts the Indian Edition of CNBC called CNBC-TV18, the Hindi consumer channel, CNBC Awaaz and an international channel, SAW. The new channel with Rajdeep as the Editor-in-Chief has been named CNN-IBN. It went on air on December 17, 2005. Channel 7 has also come under this umbrella after Rajdeep's company bought a 46 percent stake in the channel. Channel 7 has since been renamed IBN-7.
He is the member of Population Council and Press Club of India. Rajdeep writes columns for leading English dailies.
Rajdeep Sardesai has also played cricket for the Oxford University team. Rajdeep is profiled as a right-hand batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler in the records.