Sudhir Chaudhary is one of the most renowned and prominent Indian journalist and a media personality. He is the Editor-in-chief of Zee News, a Hindi language news channel. He also hosts the prime-time show DNA (Daily News and Analysis) on Zee News.
Sudhir Chaudhary Early Life And Family
Sudhir Chaudhary was born on 7 June 1974 in a place known as Hodal town in the Palwal district of Haryana, India. He was born in a middle-class family. More information about his family is not available.
It is known that his wife’s name is Niti Chaudhary and they have a son together.
Sudhir Chaudhary Education
Sudhir Chaudhary completed his graduation in Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University. He then did Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi.
Sudhir Chaudhary Career
Sudhir Chaudhary has been actively working in the television news industry since 1993. He belongs to the first generation of television journalists. He was in live television reporting before switching to 24 hours news format. He is said to be in the squad which covered the Indo-Pak meeting held in Islamabad. The meeting was held between the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf after the 2001 terrorist attack on the Parliament of India.
He left Zee News in 2003. He played a very instrumental role in the launch of the Sahara Group’s Hindi news channel, Sahara Samay. he has served as the Chief Execute Officer (CEO) of Hind news channel, Live India. He has also worked briefly with India TV, another Hindi news channel before he finally rejoined Zee News in 2012. Here he hosts the news show DNA.
Sudhir Chaudhary Controversies
Sudhir Chaudhary has been caught in a lot of controversies in his career.
When he was the CEO of Live India, they had run a sting operation in 2007 on a Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya teacher named Uma Khurana. She was accused of forcing students to prostitution and was called a pimp. Because of this sting operation, she was beaten up by a mob and even sent to judicial custody afterwards. At that time Chaudhary stated that there are some weak links in the sting but it is not entirely fake. Khurana had filed a complaint in court for making a fake sting against her. But when the court set her free she also withdrew her complaint against all the accused people. Khurana then settled the matter with the channel and Chaudhary personally and did not take the case further.
In November 2012 Chaudhary was arrested on charges of extortion along with his colleague, Sameer Ahluwalia. They were ultimately released on bail after being sent to 14-day judicial custody at the Tihar jail. The reason was a complaint filed by Congress MP and businessman, Naveen Jindal who had alleged that two journalists tried to extort 100 crore INR worth of advertisements from his company, Jindal Steel and Power Limited. The money was supposed to be in exchange for dropping stories that linked the Jindal group and the Coalgate scam. Due to this, Chaudhary who was serving as the Treasurer of the Broadcast Editors Association was suspended from his post. After scrutinising the video footage from the incident, the Association determined that Chaudhary did act in a manner which was prejudicial to their interest and objectives. However, the Jindal group in November 2018 wrote to the investigating agencies to withdraw the allegation against Chaudhary and Ahluwalia. They also requested to file a closure report in the case.
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra had filed a criminal defamation case against Chaudhary after he accused her of plagiarising the speech of American commentator Martin Longman. Moitra was trolled for this and Longman came out in support of her and denied the accusation. Chaudhary after this accepted that only a part of Moitra’s speech was broadcasted and showed his regrets. Though Zee Media on its behalf filed a defamation case against Moitra for calling it ‘paid news’.
Sudhir Chaudhary Awards
In 2013, Sudhir Chaudhary won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism. He won this award in the Hindi broadcast category for his interview with the friend of the December 16 gang-rape victim.
Sudhir Chaudhary Salary And Net Worth 2021
The estimated net worth of Sudhir Chaudhary is $3 million which is equal to approximately 22 crore INR. He earns a monthly salary of 25 to 30 lakhs INR and his per annum earnings are 3 crore+ INR.