Anchor hunt speeds up

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 10.03.12

What: Ananda Anchor Hunt 2 Calcutta prelims.

Where: Nehru Children’s Museum.

When: Tuesday, 8.30am to 3pm.

The scene: A bunch of 250 applicants — whittled down from 700 entries from Calcutta alone — have queued up for the first phase of elimination. First up is the group discussion round where teams of 10 have to brainstorm topics ranging from Facebook to Test cricket, pizza-pasta to cutlet-kabiraji.

In Round 2, the candidates are asked to present a piece to camera (P2C). With a STAR Ananda editorial team sitting in judgement, they show their presence of mind before a rolling camera. Once the “crucial” P2C round is over, the contestants brush up on their general knowledge for the final round of the day, comprising written tests.

The day’s finalists will move on to the second phase starting March 18 where they will face three celeb judges — actors Dhritiman Chaterji and Sreelekha Mitra, and Suman De of STAR Ananda.

Contestant speak

I have always wanted to be a journalist or an anchor. I did a course on newsreading, anchoring and news reporting after finishing school but I ended up doing a different job. And though I earn well, I’m not happy. I find the world of news exciting. This is my second chance at what I’m most passionate about. I have been reading Anandabazar Patrika and The Telegraph every day to keep track of current affairs.

— Priyanka Sett, 26,

market development officer

I love interacting with people and STAR Ananda is a great platform to meet people, from politics to sports to entertainment. I believe that if you have confidence, you can do anything. I am here to see if I have it in me to be a news anchor.

— Sitangshu Chakraborty, 21, final-year engineering student and part-time actor