Born to a Kashmiri Hindu Family, Shereen Bhan is the face of TV 18 Network in India today. Born on 20th August 1976, Shereen’s father, who had worked with Indian Air Force decided to leave Kashmir due to terrorist threat and moved to
. Her education which started in Kashmir’s Kendriya Vidyalaya was completed in the University of Pune when she received her Masters in Communication Studies. Her graduation was done at St. Stephen’s College where she majored in Philosophy.
During her graduation, Shereen had no plans of getting into the media and journalism career. However, it was her internship during her Masters that led her to pursue her career in this direction. She interned under
and Vir Sanghvi, and she became sure to step into the world of news broadcasting. Shereen Bhan has been in the News Broadcasting business for more than a decade now. She began her career with Karan Thapar and worked on many Infotainment shows with UTV. She then started with Current Affairs Division, which was catered by Thapar. She was part of the behind the camera team, producing shows while Karan was the anchor.
She worked with
and Tavleen Singh during her time and is believed to produce shows like India’s version of Hard Talk with BBC and others. Shereen always believed in hard work and planning and it was quite clear in her work. She agrees to have maintained a meticulous nature towards her work which got her to her next job at CNBC. She landed the job at CNBC and who could have thought she would flourish to such heights that she has become the Executive Editor of CNBC TV 18. Her journey in CNBC kick started in 2001 when
and Sanjay Ray Chaudhary, founders of TV18, interviewed her. Her positive attitude and her attention to research and her knack of producing a show were impressive.
She is assumed to get herself completely involved in the show she produces. With Network 18 she has been producing and creating some great and admired shows so far. Her face redefined Indian News Networks and she was slowly making her way up the ladder one step at a time. She has dedicated herself to the broadcasting network for more than a decade now, and when asked, she recalls her first assignment was her breakfast news segment which she used to start by 4.15 in the morning. She not only read the teleprompter but also produced the show. After working for over a year with this morning news routine, she moved to an evening slot.
Some of her shows which include Ministers of Change were path breaking and highly innovative. She shifted from political and economic news to business sector. She focused on these new shows, and she bore the responsibility of producing each show she was a part of. ‘Overdrive’ was one of the famous shows on TV18 which she was an actively associated with. The show won News Television Award for the Best Auto Show consecutively for three years. She also hosted talk shows like India Business Hour and What’s Hot for the Network. She experimented with different genres and went on to host shows like What Women Want adding that touch of glamour to her shows.
She is always remembered for her lively presence and engaging with always a smile on her face. Shereen is quite the workaholic, and Narayan Murthy agrees with it. Infosys Founder Narayan Murthy whom Shereen interviewed a couple of times in her shows shares a cordial relationship with her. Murthy says he has seen this young woman grow exponentially in the field of news broadcasting and hosting such wonderful shows. She is also responsible for adding such prestige to the company by her memorable and yet realistic interviews with some of the famous and influential personalities like Benazir Bhutto, Azim Premji,
, Nandan Nilakeni and Bill Gates.
Her forte is to make her guests get comfortable, to fill in the blanks for them and ask them the hard questions and seeking the answer the audience wants to hear. Sherren’s pet, as she calls it, is Young Turks, born out of her ideas, and she edits and produces it. She is proud of the show where she gets to showcase budding and innovative young entrepreneurs from all over the country and their success stories and boost their stories. This show is one of the longest running shows apparently which has successfully completed thirteen years. She has even penned a book by the same name Young Turks along with Syna Dehnugara.
She has interacted and shared the success stories of those including founders of Snapdeal and Flipkart and Justdial. She narrates her journey and also gives some tips to many young minds. In her book, she says necessity may be the mother of invention, but adaptation is the father of innovation. Shereen bashfully admits that she never says no to people and with dedication she takes up her project. She claims that she has almost worked with every channel for TV18. She has appeared in various news segments as a host in CNBC Awaaz, South Asia World, and CNN-IBN. Her contribution to the world of news media and business sector has certainly not gone unnoticed.
She has won many awards and appreciations for her excellent work such as Best Business Talk Show Award by the News Television Awards twice. She was honored with FICCI Woman of the Year Award in 2005 for her contribution to media. And World Economic Forum named her as Young Global Leader in 2009. Shereen, who keeps away from fashion and glitz and glamour is rather unknowingly associated with it. Femina magazine in their September issue included her among the 20 beautiful faces of the year. Vogue in 2008 called her one among the 50 beautiful faces of India. Her interaction with Verve Magazine’s Parmesh Shahani in 2008 edition caught attention from the readers.
Her work life and her career at TV18 were carefully narrated by Shereen in the magazine. Shereen Bhan is undoubtedly one of the most successful personalities in Indian News Media today. She broke boundaries of gender bias when she was crowned as the Managing Editor in 2013 (September 1st she resumed the promotion). Having worked with her predecessor
, Shereen was given a big task of managing huge responsibilities. This round the clock job leaves almost no space for her personal life, says the ever enthusiastic Shereen. Her personal life was never made available to the common people or on any social networking sites.
She is believed to be married but there are divorce rumours clouding the marriage. She doesn’t talk about her personal life either. She keeps her focus on her work and advices the young aspiring journalists that the job of being a journalist is not a glamorous one but one which needs a lot of hard work and perseverance. She stands as a shining example to many in the country today.