Prannoy Roy (Co-chairperson)
Radhika Roy (Co-chairperson)
Suparna Singh (Group CEO)
Number of employees
New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) is an Indian television media
company founded in 1988 by Radhika Roy, a journalist. In a talk on the
25th anniversary of NDTV, her husband
Prannoy Roy confessed to having
NDTV a few weeks after Radhika had founded it.
NDTV is an
acronym for the original name of the company,
New Delhi Television.
NDTV's first show, 'The World This Week' began in November 1988. It
was the first hard hitting news programme with a unique Indian
perspective on world's affairs. This half-hour show set off an
unstoppable chain of events - the decline of government-controlled
news, the burgeoning of private TV networks, and the ushering in of
today's landscape of viewer democracy.
1 Channels operating
2 Notable personalities
3.1 Allegation of corruption and criminal conspiracy
3.2 Radia tapes controversy
3.3 Allegation of tax fraud
3.4 Commonwealth Games contract
3.5 Suit against TAM India
3.6 One-day ban
3.7 2008 loan case
5 External links
NDTV Group are:
NDTV 24x7 – 24-hour English news channel.
India – 24-hour Hindi news channel.
NDTV Prime – Men's Lifestyle channel.
NDTV Good Times
NDTV Good Times – Lifestyle channel.
Vikram A Chandra, Consulting Editor
Sonia Singh, Editorial Director
Ravish Kumar, Editor of
Sreenvisan Jain, Editor
Suparna Singh, Group CEO
Allegation of corruption and criminal conspiracy
On 20 January 1998
Central Bureau of Investigation
Central Bureau of Investigation filed cases against
New Delhi Television (NDTV) managing director Prannoy Roy, former
director general of
Doordarshan R. Basu and five other top officials
Doordarshan under Section 120-B of the
Indian Penal Code (IPC) for
criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
According to the
Central Bureau of Investigation
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) charge-sheet,
Doordarshan suffered a loss of over Rs 35.2 million due to the
"undue favours" shown to
NDTV as its programme The World This Week
(TWTW) was put in 'A' category instead of 'special A'
Radia tapes controversy
Main article: Radia tapes controversy
In November 2010,
OPEN magazine carried a story which reported
transcripts of some of the telephone conversations of
Nira Radia with
senior journalists, politicians, and corporate houses, many of whom
have denied the allegations. The
Central Bureau of Investigation
Central Bureau of Investigation has
announced that they have 5,851 recordings of phone conversations by
Radia, some of which outline Radia's attempts to broker deals in
relation to the 2G spectrum sale. The tapes appear to demonstrate
how Radia attempted to use some media persons including NDTV's Barkha
Dutt to influence the decision to appoint
A. Raja as telecom
minister. She always denied her role in this episode with stating
her role as simply error of judgment.
Barkha Dutt is being
investigated by the CBI. Dutt left the channel in January 2017.
Allegation of tax fraud
NDTV, through its foreign subsidiaries, is alleged to have violated
Indian tax and corporate laws.
NDTV has denied these
The Sunday Guardian
The Sunday Guardian ran a story which exposed the NDTV's financial
misdemeanours and malpractices in connivance with ICICI Bank.
provides details of how NDTV's major stakeholders raised funds by
misdeclaration of the value of shares in NDTV.
NDTV has denied the
allegations and the
NDTV CEO replied to the Sunday Guardian along
with the threat of "criminal defamation". On 5 June 2017, the House of
Prannoy Roy was raided by NIA and CBI.
On 19 November 2015 the ED served ₹2,030 crore (US$310 million)
NDTV for alleged violations under the FEMA act, however
the company said it has been advised that the allegations are not
The "Income Tax Appellate Tribunal" (ITAT) has upheld an income tax
department finding that promoters of
NDTV used their own shell
companies to round-trip investments of ₹642 crore
(US$98 million) during 2009-10, making them liable for recovery
of tax and penalty.
Commonwealth Games contract
On 5 August 2011 Comptroller and Auditor General of India's report on
XIX Commonwealth Games
XIX Commonwealth Games was tabled in Parliament of India. In section
14.4.2 of the report, CAG alleged that while awarding contracts worth
₹37.8 million (US$580,000) for production and broadcast of
commercials to promote CWG-2010 to
NDTV & CNN-IBN, the
Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee followed an arbitrary
approach. Proposals were considered in an ad-hoc manner, as and when a
proposal was received; no form of competitive tendering was adopted.
The CAG further said in its report that, "We had no assurance about
the competitiveness of the rates quoted by these channels and the need
and usefulness of these proposals. From March 2010 to June 2010, the
entire pre games publicity and sponsorship publicity was done only on
NDTV & CNN-IBN."
Suit against TAM India
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News broadcaster company sued television audience measurement company,
India and its global parent firms for over a billion dollars in
the Supreme Court of New York, alleging TAM of manipulating ratings in
return for bribes to its officials.
On November 4, 2016, the Union Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting ordered the channel to go off air on November 9 for
allegedly divulging 'strategically sensitive' details while covering
January's deadly attack on the Pathankot air base. Government
scrapped their decision on the ban for reasons not made clear.
2008 loan case
On 5 June 2017, the CBI raided premises of channel promoters Prannoy
and Radika Roy, accusing it of "causing an alleged loss" to ICICI Bank
of ₹48 crore (US$7.4 million). The complainant, Sanjay
Dutt, Director of Quantum Securities Pvt. Ltd., alleged that the Roys
took a loan of around ₹350 crore (US$54 million) from ICICI in
2008–09, putting up their shareholdings in the company at an
inflated value as collateral. He added that while the amount was
repaid the following year, the accrued interest of ₹50 crore
(US$7.7 million) remained unpaid. In its response, NDTV
denied any "default on any loan to ICICI or any other bank", while
attaching a picture of the bank's 2009 letter that confirmed that the
"entire amount due," amounting to ₹375 crore (US$57 million),
had "been repaid in full." It added that, "No matter how much the
politicians attack us - We will not give up the fight for freedom and
the independence of media in India."
While the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu
denied involvement in the investigation adding that "this government
doesn't believe in interfering", media outlets held the union
government responsible for breach of the freedom of the press. Praveen
The Indian Express
The Indian Express called the raids "a defining moment",
comparing them to the Emergency, when the then prime minister, Indira
Gandhi imposed censorship and reporting guidelines amid other
restrictions. In its statement, the Editors Guild of
that it "condemns any attempt to muzzle the media and calls upon the
CBI to follow the due process of law and ensure there is no
interference in the free functioning of news operations." N. K.
Singh, a former joint director of the CBI, called it unusual for the
CBI to conduct a raid on a media organization and said that that
scrutinizing the terms of a loan by a private bank was also
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