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NDTV
NDTV Logo
Type Broadcast, television and online
Country India
Availability India
Founded by Prannoy Roy
Owner Prannoy Roy
Key people Prannoy Roy, Chairman, NDTV Group
Radhika Roy
Narayan Rao
Launch date 1988
Official Website www.ndtv.com

NDTV (New Delhi Television Limited), founded in 1988, is a private television company in India. It was founded by Prannoy Roy, an eminent journalist and current chairman and director of NDTV Group. NDTV currently has more than 1,000 employees producing news from over twenty plus locations in India. NDTV is called "New Delhi TeleVision".[1]

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Corporate Profile

NDTV is among India's top broadcasters and has twenty-three offices and studios across the country. Its three national news channels NDTV 24/7, NDTV India and NDTV Profit form the core of the company.

Popular talk shows include 'Big Fight', 'India 60 Minutes', 'Walk The Talk', 'We The People'. It launched the 'United for Justice' campaign seeking support from the citizens to demand justice in three high-profile unsolved murder cases Jessica Lal, Priyadarshini Mattoo, Nitish Katara leading to the conviction of the accused. Its campaigns like the '7 Wonders of India' and 'Toyota Telethon' have garnered public support and are a commendable attempt at preserving the environment and India's natural heritage.Its coverage of starvation-deaths, malnutrition and other human rights violations has forced the government into action.

With its foray into infotainment channels like NDTV Imagine and NDTV Goodtimes, the company has become a full fledged media player and has seen a transformation from the days when it used to produce a solitary but pioneering show 'The World This Week'. NDTV has set-up NDTV Worldwide (Media Consulting), NDTV Convergence (Digital Media), NGEN (Media Process Outsourcing) and NDTV Labs (Media Software & Technology).

On 20 November 2009, it was announced that Scripps Networks Interactive had bought a 69 per cent stake in NDTV Group's lifestyle content's subsidiary - NDTV Lifestyle.[2] The transaction, to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2010, is worth at $55 million. NDTV, will retain a 31 per cent stake.

On 8 December 2009, it was announced that Turner Asia Pacific Ventures (a wholly owned subsidiary Turner Broadcasting System) had acquired a 92 per cent stake in NDTV Imagine Ltd.[3] NDTV’s 76 per cent stake in NDTV Imagine would be given to Turner for $67 million, the Time Warner company would acquire fresh equity worth $50 million to get 92 per cent control. NDTV Imagine Ltd. runs NDTV Imagine, NDTV Lumiere and NDTV Imagine Showbiz television channels and film production and distribution company, NDTV Imagine Film Co. The purchase received approval from the Time Warner board on 17 December 2009.[4] At the end of the $126.5 million deal, Turner holds 92% in NDTV Imagine Ltd. while 3.2% is retained by NDTV Networks and the remaining 4.8% is held by its chief executive officer Sameer Nair and other Imagine employees.

Controversies

NDTV's infotainment channel NDTV imagine had been criticised by children's rights groups accusing it of "exploitation of infants" in its Reality Show "Pati, Patni aur Woh"(Husband, Wife and the other one), a program inspired by The Baby Borrowers of BBC. National Commission for Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR) and the Women and Child Development ministry (WCD) has asked NDTV Imagine to stop the telecast of this reality show [5].

NDTV Channels

NDTV is an anti-Hindu TV news channel and has had a consistent anti-BJP bias in its coverage. Its coverage of the Gujarat riots was one sided and hostile to Nardenra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat at that time.

Prannoy Roy is seen to be close to the Congress Party and its leadership. A surprise two Padma awards for its anchors has been viewed as a "reward" to its loyalty to the ruling Congress Party.

Latest Awards

  • NAB 2008 International Broadcasting Excellence Award - NDTV Labs[6]
  • CBA-Thomson Foundation Journalist of the Year Award - Sutapa Deb[7]
  • CBA-IBC Award for Innovative Engineering - NDTV Labs[7][8]

Notable personalities

References

1. ^ "News Delhi TV". Forbes.com. http://members.forbes.com/global/2006/0918/034.html. Retrieved on 2006-09-18. 2. ^ http://www.nabshow.com/2008/press/ibeawards2.asp 3. ^ http://www.cba.org.uk/awards_and_competitions/2008CBABroadcastingAwards.php 4. ^ http://www.cba.org.uk/awards_and_competitions/2008CBABroadcastingAwards.php 5. ^ http://www.ndtvlabs.com/ 6. ^ http://www.ndtvworldwide.com/ Media Consulting

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