Some Lesser Known Facts About Sonia Singh
- Sonia Singh is an eminent Indian journalist. She is the editorial director and president of the NDTV news channel. She manages the ethics committee of the channel. She is the host of the NDTV Dialogues, a show on NDTV that debates on clarifying the issues and looking for possible solutions.
- While studying at Cardiff, Wales, Sonia Singh also received Chevening Scholarship. Sonia got the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth, during her stay in the UK.
- In 1992, Sonia Singh started working at NDTV as a researcher. Initially, she appeared on a show named The World This Week that was broadcasted for Doordarshan.
- During her career at NDTV, she supervised various news coverages in India including Kandahar hijack, the attack on the Indian Parliament, the Kargil war, Jessica Lall case and 26/11.
- Several prestigious awards are earned by Sonia Singh during her career in journalism like Best Talk show, Best Anchor, FICCI Young Achiever, Best Editor in Chief award.
- In 2019, Sonia Singh published her book titled Defining India, Through Their Eyes. In her book, she mentioned those influential Indian personalities who have contributed to the growth and development of India and their viewpoints on India.
- In 2020, during the death case of Sushant Singh Rajput, Sonia Singh interviewed Rhea Chakraborty on NDTV, the main culprit of the death/murder case. During this case, NDTV gave a platform to the main accused when other news channels were denying the same.
- During her initial period of working as a journalist, Sonia Singh confessed in an interview that she is a camera-shy person and always feel uncomfortable with the camera rolling. However, with the passage of time she got used to the camera flashing on her face.
- Your Call, India Decides and The NDTV Dialogues are some of her popular shows on the Indian news channel NDTV.
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- In an interview with ‘She the people,’ Sonia was asked about the democracy of Indian television. She explained her views,
Television has been a huge asset to Indian democracy. However, where my worries are is that we cannot become a mouthpiece to the powerful. That is something that we must guard against as it challenges the very notion of our democracy.”
In the same interview, she narrated the story of the Dalai Lama when he was deciding where he should go to get refuge when he was at the border of Tibet, Bhutan and India. She revealed,
He got a call from India to come to the country and how that one moment changed the course of history.”
- In a conversation with an Indian magazine – Verve, Sonia Singh revealed that she was fascinated by the personality of the Dalai Lama. She explained the experience she had while interviewing the spiritual guru. She narrated,
He was just so fascinating — his youthfulness, his vibrancy and his sense of fun was really interesting. For someone who you’d expect to be holy and spiritual, he is very much in touch with his fun side. I am not very religious or spiritual, but he has such an aura of compassion. He just seemed like such a good person, which in this world you rarely find. My conversation with him was very special.”
In the same interview, she unfolded her love for books. She disclosed,
I read all kinds of fiction, but chick lit is how I relax, especially the Irish kind. My guilty secret is Maeve Binchy and even though everyone tells me that one is supposed to stop reading her when one is 25, when I’ve had a stressful day at work and I want to know that everything is well with the world, I come back and read her books.”