From the start of network sports broadcasting, back in the late 1940s, this was a male bastion. Even the idea of the inclusion of a woman to speak about sports seemed far-fetched, and ludicrous.
Despite the success of women in so many hitherto unchartered spheres, they are still considered eye-candy, and a search of Google throws up headlines such as ‘hottest female anchors”, “sexy women reporters” and more such similar headings. This is all changing right now….
Kanthi – Disrupting the Status Quo of Sports Broadcasting
Kanthi D Suresh is the doyenne of sports news broadcasting – a virago akin to a breath of fresh air in the staid and mundane realm of TV debates, sports news, and controversies. Kanthi is a heady mix of good looks, poise, purpose, and fire.
She is the first woman to own and run a sports channel – PowerSportz.tv, on a broadcast platform, and it would be an understatement to say that she is surely making waves. Her program ‘Talking Turkey’ has reached a 2 million-view mark in less than 3 months of the launch – a herculean feat for most. Kanthi has established that a woman is more than just eye-candy, a cheerleader, and noodle straps –she is a serious contender for top spot, giving even the likes of Arnab Goswami a run for his money. Kanthi is the new face of sports news broadcasting – fresh, dynamic, and a powerhouse – she has brought a renewed perspective to broadcasting as a whole, and is showing the world what a woman can do in the realm of sports broadcasting, otherwise considered a male bastion!
Backed by Solid Experience
Kanthi is no ordinary anchor, and neither is she a novice in this realm. She has in the past, been a successful and top-notch newscaster at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games for India.
Kanthi’s credentials as an anchor span a decade, and hence is a force to reckon with. Her first big sporting event was the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when India bagged its first individual gold medal. She was then specially called to anchor the Commonwealth games hosted in New Delhi. There was no looking back after that. She then anchored the London 2012 Olympics, after which her popularity really soared high. She also covered the Glasgow Commonwealth games in 2014. She, perhaps could be one of the few successful female sports anchors of mega events of such nature
It is time for sports bodies, personalities, and critics to become aware of and ensure they accept that this firebrand is here to stay and continue disrupting
Fresh Topics and High Powered Discussions
Beyond the freshness and contemporary nature of ‘Talking Turkey’ and the subjects discussed, the best part is that it is a show that engages the minds and intellects of all age groups in both female and male audiences. The topics discussed are engaging and informative, and add value and knowledge for their viewers – something that very few others can boast.
The name ‘Talking Turkey’ is purposeful and matches Kanthi’s mind-set and reporting style – the essence is to ‘stop messing around’ and say it as it is. The tone of the channel is edgy and exhilarating, leaving audiences satiated and yet wanting to know more. The oomph and class of the channel matches Kanthi’s own style and repertoire of information, touches the soul of sports reporting and the audiences. Passion, integrity, and confidence are the hallmarks of ‘Talking Turkey’ and its standout anchor.
The subjects are clearly well researched, the content is fresh, and the videos spectacular, giving the miles apart edge to the channel. Kanthi plays the perfect anchor to this content – sharing, interviewing, and challenging with aplomb.
What makesKanthi a firebrand?
She is driven by responsibility – the passion to make a mark and a positive difference. Kanthi’s reporting style is impartial – keeping emotions out when reporting on a player, team, controversies, and other pieces of sports news. While being highly passionate, her composure, demeanour, and intellectual approach makes her unique. She succeeds each time in bringing a fresh and creative angle to her stories, in a way that beats the commonplace and becomes highly engaging. Her stories and style are far from being dramatic – they reflect the truth with sensitivity to ethical land mines, which if ignored could potentially harm people and organizations, and public safety. Kanthi’s ethical compass is bang on.
While command of the language may seem like a given, however, Kanthi stands out with dead-on grammar, attention to pronunciation, syntax, tone, a pleasant demeanour, and interesting storytelling style. She is highly skilled at drawing out information during interviews, is a good listener, and has a laser like focus on the information she wants. Kanthi’s style to say the least is refreshing, and it is now her ‘time in the sun’ – only that it is here to stay!
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