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The Roy Family

The Roy Family

Dr. Prannoy Roy is an Indian journalist and media personality. Roy attended The Doon School, Dehradun and went to Haileybury (UK) for his A-levels. He graduated in Economics from the University of London's Queen Mary College in 1973. Then he did his Ph.D at the Delhi School of Economics where he also taught for a year. He is also a certified Charted Accountant. In 1988 Dr. Roy along with his wife Radhika Roy started New Delhi Television Limited, it was India’s first independent news network, entering the field at a time when the government-run Doordarshan had a monopoly over television content. Through the years Dr. Roy has emerged as a prominent journalist of India. Much before satellite news beamed into Indian homes, Prannoy Roy brought a show called “The World This Week” on Doordarshan, which brought the most prominent news from around the world on a weekly basis. In the late eighties, when ballot papers were used in Indian elections, Prannoy Roy, used to bring the results live on counting day, which the country was hooked on to. Dr Roy is also a psephologist and his analysis of elections, voting patterns, electoral swings and party analyses were keenly watched by the viewers. Dr. Roy served the Government of India as Economic Advisor with the Ministry of Finance during 1986-87. In 1998 CBI had filed a criminal conspiracy case against Dr. Roy allegedly for fraud in Doordarshan upgrade. In 2017 the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched the offices and homes of NDTV founder Prannoy Roy over allegations of defrauding a bank.

Dr. Roy is also the co-founder of RRPR Holding Pvt. Ltd. (RRPR) which holds 29.18 % share of NDTV network. Dr. Roy is the Director of NDTV India Plus Limited, NDTV Hindu Media Limited, New Delhi Television Media Limited, NDTV Business Limited, NDTV Delhi Limited, NDTV Studios Limited, NDTV Labs Limited, NDTV Investments Private Limited, RRPR holding Private Limited, NDTV News Limited from mumbai to delhi, New Delhi television limited

His wife, Radhika Roy is the co-founder of NDTV 24x7 an Indian English News channel. An English Graduate from University of Delhi, Radhika Roy was ranked the 43rd Most Powerful Woman of India by Fortune India in 2017. She was also featured in the list of 50 honorees for the Paley Centre for Media’s “She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio” in 2007. Radhika Roy is also the co-founder of RRPR Pvt. Limited where she holds 50% share of the company and the co-executive chairperson of NDTV Group.

Media Companies / Groups
Media Outlets



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

Family & Friends

Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends

Brinda Karat

the sister of Radhika Roya, is a communist politician from India, elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI(M) member, on 11 April 2005 from West Bengal. Karat’s husband, Prakash Karat, is also a prominent leader of CPI(M).
Arundhati Roy cousin of Prannoy Roy, an award-winning author and political activist. She won a Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 for her book ‘The God of Small Things’. Arundhati Roy is also a known activist who fought alongside Medha Patkar for the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada river movement). Very recently she has sought an independent inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi.

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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 the 2nd January 2019 and by courier on the 1st February 2019, asking for clarification of the data collected, and confirmation of the same. There has been no response from the Company.


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