Sudhir Chaudhary is one of the highest-paid journalists in India. He works as an Editor-in-Chief of the English news channel Zee News and Zee Business. He is popularly known for his prime time show DNA, which has been doing quite well for a long time.
Sudhir’s Education and Early Life
Sudhir Chaudhary was born on June 7, 1974, in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He is not only the editor but also a news anchor and a very astute businessman. He has worked in several news channels in Hindi and Marathi and also in Zee Business belonging to Zee Media Corporation Limited. Chaudhary completed his graduation earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University. Later he completed a Diploma in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Sudhir Chaudhary belongs to a middle-class family. He got married to Niti Chaudhary and the lucky couple have been blessed with a son.
Big Net Worth and Salary
Sudhir Chaudhary is a senior editor and his net worth is believed to be around $500,000 and he earns about $40,000 in a month which comes to INR 25 lakhs per month. He also owns two international luxury cars.
Zee News: Prime Time & DNA
Earlier Chaudhary was the editor and CEO of Live India and Mi Marathi and lated shifted to Zee News. He also left Zee News in 2003 and rejoined in 2012 as a host of prime time show Daily News and Analysis (DNA).
The prime time show DNA sets the standard for the Hindi news channel. DNA is now a top viewer choice as it is an independent, thought-provoking and analytical platform for important news.
In the period between 2003 to 2012, he also launched Sahara Samay, which is a Hindi news channel of Sahara Group. He also worked for India TV for a brief while.
Controversy: Zee News
According to sources, in 2012 Congress MP Naveen Jindal accused Chaudhary of extorting the sum of INR 100 crore for the advertisement of the company in return for offering to drop stories of links of Jindal group with Colgate.
The second controversy was in 2016 when Sudhir Chaudhary along with Zee News, West Bengal correspondent and cameraman Tanmay Mukherjee was arrested by police for the coverage of the Dhulagarh riot. They were slapped with non-bailable charges registered under section 153A.
Personal Security for Sudhir Chaudhary
The Indian government has provided X-Category security to Sudhir Chaudhary after the accusation of 2012. However, in an interview Sudhir has said:
“I never asked for security. It is based on threat analysis.”
Facts about Sudhir Chaudhary
Chaudhary wanted to join the Indian Civil Services and appeared in the exams. However, he couldn’t crack it even after appearing thrice for the interview.
Chaudhary is a big supporter of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is also a big fan of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and singer Lala Mangeshkar.
Sudhir Chaudhary is one of the finest journalists of our country. He is a motivation and inspiration for many youngsters who want to pursue a career in journalism.