For the English news-channel owned by NDTV, see NDTV 24x7
New Delhi Television Limited
Traded as BSE: 532529, NSE: NDTV
Industry Media
Founded 1988
Founder Radhika Roy
Prannoy Roy
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Area served
Key people
Prannoy Roy (Co-chairperson)
Radhika Roy (Co-chairperson)
K. V. L. Narayan Rao (Executive Vice-chairperson)
K. V. L. Narayan Rao (CEO)[1]
Products Broadcasting, web portals
Revenue 576 crore (US$86 million) (2016)[2]
Number of employees
1,491 (2016)
Website www.ndtv.com

New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) is an Indian television media company founded in 1988 by husband and wife Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy. NDTV is an acronym for the original name of the company, New Delhi Television.[3]

Channels operating

Channels of NDTV Group are:

Notable personalities


NDTV organises campaigns through its channels to support education, rural electrification, and awareness on climate change. They are also known for their affiliation with the Left parties in India Some of its campaigns are as follows:


Allegation of corruption and criminal conspiracy

On 20 January 1998 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 of Doordarshan under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act. According to the 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' category.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

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 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.[21] 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.[22] 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.

Allegation of tax fraud

NDTV, through its foreign subsidiaries, is alleged to have violated Indian tax and corporate laws.[23] NDTV has denied these allegations.

The Sunday Guardian ran a story which exposed the NDTV's financial misdemeanours and malpractices in connivance with ICICI Bank. "NDTV-ICICI loan chicanery saved Roys" provides details of how NDTV's major stake holders 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 19 November 2015 the ED served 2,030 crore (US$300 million) notice to NDTV for alleged violations under the FEMA act,[24] however the company said it has been advised that the allegations are not "legally tenable".[25]

Commonwealth Games Contract

On 5 August 2011 Comptroller and Auditor General of India's report on XIX Commonwealth Games was tabled in Parliament of India. In section 14.4.2 of the report, CAG alleged that while awarding contracts worth Rs 37.8 million for production & broadcasting of commercials for promoting 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."[26][27][28]

Suit against TAM India

News broadcaster company sued television audience measurement company, TAM 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.[29]

One Day Ban

On November 4, 2016, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ordered the channel to go off air on November 9 for it had divulged strategically sensitive details while covering January's deadly attack on the Pathankot air base.[30] Government put this ban on hold because NDTV requested more time to submit their explanation on this issue.


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  2. "New Delhi Television Consolidated Balance Sheet, New Delhi Television Financial Statement & Accounts". moneycontrol.com. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  3. "News Delhi TV". ndtv.com. Retrieved 18 September 2006.
  4. Apurva Chaudhary. "NDTV Launches E-Commerce Platform Indianroots.com". MediaNama. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  5. "Pankaj Pachauri". The Hindu.
  6. "Save Our Tiger Campaign". WWF India.
  7. "Save Our Tiger". NDTV.
  8. "Save Our Tiger". NDTV.
  9. "Support My School Campaign". NDTV.
  10. "Sachin Tendulkar: Joined NDTV "Support My School Campaign"".
  11. "Support my school". NDTV.
  12. 1 2 "NDTV-Nirmal Lifestyle launch Marks for Sports under the Fit India movement". Business Standard.
  13. "Save India's cost". NDTV.
  14. "Green Champion | NDTV-Godrej Green Champion". Green Champion. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  15. "NDTV and Prannoy Roy – Once Upon a Time " Zoom Indian Media". Zoomindianmedia.wordpress.com. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
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  17. "Mandarins' Murdoch mission likely to end up in smoke". Expressindia.com. 9 July 1998. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  18. "Sorry". Indianexpress.com. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
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  20. "www.outlookindia.com - Star Crossed". Outlook. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  21. B S Arun. "Radia tapes: Scandal in the media". Deccanherald.com. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  22. "The Ratan Tata, Barkha Dutt & Other Tapes - Nov 18,2010". Outlook. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  23. "NDTV juggles funds, shares abroad, avoids tax". The Sunday Guardian. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  24. "ED serves Rs 2,030 crore notice on NDTV for FEMA violations". The Hindu. 20 November 2015.
  25. "NDTV gets ED notice for alleged FEMA violations". The Indian Express. 20 November 2015.
  26. "CAG Report on XIX Commonwealth Games" (PDF). Comptroller & Auditor General of India (Pdf).
  27. "CAG blames top media houses in Commonwealth Games Scam". News of Delhi.
  28. "Games contracts to media houses arbitrary and biased: CAG". India Today.
  29. "NDTV says TV ratings manipulated". The Hindu. 1 August 2012.
  30. "Editors say BAN violation of freedom of media". NDTV. 4 November 2016.
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