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Media host & presenter


Anjali Rao is a multi-award-winning journalist, who has spent 18 years in the top tiers of broadcast news and current affairs.

Most recently, she hosted SBS’s flagship international current affairs program, Dateline, across Australia.

Current Work:

Anjali is a regular guest presenter on a number of prime time television and radio shows.

Born to an Indian father and Australian mother, Anjali was raised in Hong Kong
and educated in the United Kingdom, but is now based in Melbourne, Australia.
Previous Experience:
Anjali spent six years as anchor of CNN International's weekday breakfast show and host of the network's weekly chat show, Talk Asia, both of which air globally to 220 million households.

Earlier, she worked as an anchor at both Sky News and Channel 5 News in London.
Her honest, yet relaxed interview style has made for many revealing conversations with some of the world's highest profile personalities including former US President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, actors Kevin Spacey and Gwyneth Paltrow, pop star Rihanna, sporting legends Roger Federer and Kobe Bryant, and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld - among countless others.

She has also covered numerous breaking news events, such as the 9/11 attacks, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II, the 7/7 bombings in London, the 2008 siege of Mumbai, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

Talking Points

Master Of Ceremonies - Your Event on a Plate!

With over 20 years in the top tiers of television journalism, Anjali is a sought-after public speaker who loves nothing more than bringing a client's vision for their event to life. Known for her energy on-stage and ability to capture the audience's attention, Anjali has MC’d, facilitated fireside interviews, and moderated panel discussions or debates at more than 500 events internationally. These have spanned the worlds of politics, showbiz, current affairs, business, sport, lifestyle, and environment.

Anjali's clients and panel guests tend to be current and former heads of state, inhabitants of the C-suite, or A-list celebrities. Knowing that things don't always go to plan, Anjali enjoys the challenge of adapting instantly to react to any scenario; an attribute she applied daily to her career as a breaking news anchor.

Anjali consistently displays versatility on topics, a broad knowledge base, and when it suits the occasion, she's always up for injecting a healthy dose of British humour into the proceedings!
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