Vir Sanghvi is probably the best-known Indian journalist of his generation. His career straddles print, television, books and now new media. Sanghvi is also India’s top food critic.
Vir Sanghvi was born in London and educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and Mill Hill School, London. He won an open scholarship to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Aged 22 he was appointed editor of Bombay magazine, making him the youngest editor in the history of Indian journalism. In 1986, aged 30, he became editor of Sunday, the news magazine. Sanghvi later went on to become Consulting Editor of the ABP group, the leading publishers of newspapers and magazines in Eastern India.
In 1999 Sanghvi was appointed Editor of the Hindustan Times and in 2003 he stepped down as Editor but continued as Editorial Director until 2007. He then switched to an advisory role with HT Media, the company that publishes the Hindustan Times and the financial Daily Mint. Sanghvi continues as a regular columnist for Hindustan Times.
As well has his career as a print journalist Sanghvi has also run a parallel Television career. He anchored ‘Question Time’ for Doordarshan, the state-run broadcaster and then ‘Round Table’ for DD-CNN. In 1997, he switched to the Star Network where he anchored many shows across many channels, among them ‘A Question of Answers’, ‘Star Talk’ and ‘Cover Story’. Since January 2016 Saghvi has been regular commentator on CNN News 18, the revamped CNN IBN news channel and hosts the weekly political show ‘Virtuosity’.
Sanghvi’s books include ‘Men of Steel’, one of the biggest paperback bestsellers in the history of Indian publishing. His other books are ‘Rude Food’, ‘Madhavrao Scindia’ and ‘India – Then and Now’.
In 2015 Vir Sanghvi co-founded EazyDiner, an online restaurant reservation service that has become the leader in its field.
Sanghvi has been a member of many professional, academic and government bodies including the national Integration Council. He is currently a member of the Broadcast Content Complaint Council (BCCC), a body that regulates content on entertainment TV channels.
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