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New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) is a company registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India – the company that owns two prominent news channels – NDTV 24 x 7 in English and NDTV India in Hindi. It is India’s first independent news network, entering the field at a time when the government-run Doordarshan had a monopoly over television content. The company was founded by Dr. Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy in 1988. Initially, the company was a television software production company with a very popular show “The World This Week’ broadcast on Doordarshan. In February 1998 NDTV signed a contract with a Foreign company Star and launched a 24-hour news channel called Star News. Due to strict Indian regulation, foreign companies could only be a minority partner in a news channel in India (At present 26% FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) is allowed in news channels in India). This allowed NDTV to have total control over editorial content and copyright over programming even though Star paid a big portion of the cost. In 2003 NDTV launched its own independent News channel NDTV 24x7 in English and NDTV India in Hindi. The following year NDTV launched 3 more channels NDTV Prime (information and entertainment), NDTV Profit (business news channel) and NDTV Good times (lifestyle channel). In 2018 NDTV started a channel for smartphone users NDTV HOP in cooperation with Airtel, Indian telecom company. 

NDTV has a history of hiring Journalists, reporters, anchors with bureaucratic connections. Some of them are: Vikram Chandra is the son of Yogesh Chandra, a former director general of civil aviation, himself the son-in-law of Govind Narain, a former home and Defense Secretary and former Governor of Karnataka. Arnab Goswami who started his career with NDTV is the son of Manoranjan Goswami, a former Army Offficer and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member; Manoranjan’s brother Dinesh was a Union Law Minister in the Vishwanath Pratap Singh-led United Front government. Vishnu Som is the son of Himachal Som, a former senior diplomat. Chetan Bhattacharji, Managing Editor, is the grandson of Nirmal Mukarji, a former Cabinet secretary and former Governor of Punjab. 

Currently, the company has six Directors. 61.45% of shares of the company are held by Dr. Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy. Apart from the media Business, the Group has business interests in Apparel, Art, Mobile and Electronics, among others.

Key facts

Business Form


Legal Form

Public Company Limited by shares

Business Sectors

E-commerce; Consultancy; Lifestyle; Promotion of Mobile and other electronic Gadgets; Event management (wedding); Online Art Gallery; Health and Food; Real Estate; Information Technology;


Individual Owner


24.38% of the company is owned by other entities and Individuals with less than 1% share each.

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other TV Outlets

NDTV Prime (Missing Data)

Other Online Outlets (Missing Data)


Media Business

Television and Broadcasting

NDTV Limited (100%)



IndianRoots Shopping Limited (Formerly NDTV Ethnic Retail Limited) (48.6%)

Consultancy, IT Services

NDTV worldwide Limited (92%)

Car and Bikes

Fifth Gear Ventures Limited through various subsidiaries (100%)

Mobile and other Electronic Gadgets

Red Pixels Ventures Limited (92.61%)


OnArt Quest Limited (71.92%)


Special Occasions Limited (95%)

Software publishing & consultancy

Delta softpro Private Limited (100%)

Health and Food

SmartCooky Internet Limited (95.7%)

Real Estate

BrickbuyBrick Projects Limited through various subsidiaries (100%)

Other business activities

On Demand Transportation Limited


Astro Awani Network Sdn Bhd, (Malaysia) (20% owned by NDTV and its Subsidiaries)

General Information

Founding Year


Affiliated Interests Founder

Dr. Prannoy Roy

is the Co-founder of NDTV 24x7, the first 24-hours English news channel of India. He is an Indian journalist and quite a prominent media personality. Prior to founding his own TV channel, he worked for the Government of India as an Economic Advisor with the Ministry of Finance.


Missing Data


207, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase-III

New Delhi-110020

Phone+91 11 - 4157 7777, 2644 6666

Fax+91 11 - 49862990




Editorial Headquarters:

NDTV, Archana Complex, Block B,

Greater Kailash 1,

New Delhi 110048

Tax/ ID Number

CIN: L92111DL1988PLC033099

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

INR 4397.06 Million / USD 67.419 Million

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

INR. - 843.60 Million/ USD -12.935

Advertising (in % of total funding)

INR. 2,015.78 Million/ USD 30.907 Million / 45.8%


Executive Board

Dr. Prannoy Roy

Co-Executive Chairperson

Non-Executive Board

Mr. Amal Ganguli

Non-executive Independent Director

Other Influential People

Ms. Suparna Singh


Further Information

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Meta Data

Since NDTV is a listed company, most information about the company was available on their Annual Report. However, financial information is available for the holding company but not for individual channels. The company was contacted, via email on 2nd January 2019 and by courier on 1st February 2019, asking for clarification of the data collected, and confirmation of the same. There has been no response from the Company. The foreign exchange rate is based on March 2019.


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