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For the English news-channel owned by NDTV, see NDTV 24x7
New Delhi Television Limited
Type Public company
Traded as (BSE532529, NSENDTV)
Industry Media
Founded 1988
Founder(s) Radhika Roy, Prannoy Roy
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Area served India
Key people Prannoy Roy (Co-chairperson)
Radhika Roy (Co-chairperson)
K. V. L. Narayan Rao (Executive Vice-chairperson)
Vikramaditya Chandra (CEO)
Products Broadcasting, website, mobile applications
Revenue INR4.96 billion (US$82 million) (2012)[1]
Employees 1,491 (2011)
Website www.ndtv.com

New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) is an Indian commercial broadcasting television network founded in 1988 by Radhika Roy and Prannoy Roy. NDTV is an acronym for the original name of the company, New Delhi Television.[2] Vikramaditya Chandra is the chief executive officer of the NDTV Group. KVL Narayan Rao is the Executive Vice Chairperson.[3]

New Delhi Television is among India's top broadcasters and has offices and studios across the country. Its three national news channels NDTV 24x7 (English), NDTV India (Hindi) and NDTV Profit (Business news) form the core of the company. Each year the channel also gives the NDTV Indian of the year awards. In December 2013, it awarded 25 global Indians.

Channels of NDTV Group[edit]

Channels of NDTV Group are:

International[edit]

Notable personalities[edit]

Initiatives[edit]

NDTV organises campaigns through its channels to support education, rural electrification, and awareness on climate change. Some of its campaigns are as follows:

  • Greenathon: An event to generate money to spread awareness on climate change and rural electrification. It was supported by many actors such as Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar. There have been two successful seasons of Greenathon campaign in 2010 and 2011 resulting in donations of more than 130 million Rupees. It is also sponsored by automaker Toyota.
  • Save Our Tiger Campaign: This campaign was launched on 30 January 2010 by Indian telecom company Aircel in partnership with NDTV and WWF-India. The goal was to create awareness among Indians about the rapidly decreasing tiger population in India. The first year of the NDTV campaign culminated in a 12-hour telethon. During the telethon, people appealed to political leaders and the masses to do whatever they could to help safeguard the Indian tiger. As a result of the campaign, several prominent political leaders came on air and pledged to protect the forests of their respective states.[8][9] During the telethon 19.9 million rupees were raised through donations. The funds collected were donated to "Rapid Response Units (RRU)" to equip and train forest departments to respond during emergency situations like man-animal conflict, anti-poaching patrolling, fire-fighting among others.[10]
  • Support My School Campaign: On 24 January 2011 NDTV in partnership with Coca-Cola India, CAF and UN-Habitat launched the "Support My School" campaign.[11] The motive of this telethon was to create awareness on water and sanitation, environment and healthy active living. Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was the brand ambassador of this campaign.[12] On 18 September 2011 an event was organised to support education in rural India. It was supported by Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood Actor Sanjay Dutt. The event generated more than 72 million Rupees to fund the needs of more than 140 schools.[13]
  • Fit India Movement: On 16 March 2011 NDTV and Nirmal Lifestyle launched a long-term campaign: Fit India Movement. The purpose of this movement is to change the way Indians think about their fitness and make India a healthy nation. The "Mission-1" of this movement was "Marks for Sports".[14]
  • Marks for Sports: This initiative was launched on 16 March 2011 under the "Fit India Movement" of NDTV and Nirmal Lifestyle. The goal of is to push for inclusion of sports in the school curriculum, hoping that this will make parents encourage their children to take up sports. Actor Ranbir Kapoor, Dr. Prannoy Roy, chairman, NDTV and Dharmesh Jain, chairman and managing director of Nirmal Lifestyle launched this initiative in New Delhi.[14]
  • Save India's Coasts: This campaign was an initiative of NDTV and Toyota Etios. NDTV's crew travelled the entire coast of India, starting in western Gujarat and ending in West Bengal in six weeks, reporting on the issues facing the coast along the way.[15]

Controversies[edit]

Allegation of corruption and criminal conspiracy[edit]

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.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

Radia tapes controversy[edit]

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.[22] 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.[23] 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[edit]

NDTV, through its foreign subsidiaries, is alleged to have violated Indian tax and corporate laws.[24] 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".

Commonwealth Games Contract[edit]

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."[25][26][27]

Suit against TAM India[edit]

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.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Financial Tables of NDTV
  2. ^ "News Delhi TV". ndtv.com. Retrieved 18 September 2006. 
  3. ^ Bhat, Varada. "NDTV rejigs management". New Delhi: ndtv. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.medianama.com/2013/07/223-ndtv-e-commerce-indianroots/
  5. ^ "Vikram Chandra". NDTV. 
  6. ^ "Barkha Dutt". NDTV. 
  7. ^ "Pankaj Pachauri". The Hindu. 
  8. ^ "Save Our Tiger Campaign". WWF India. 
  9. ^ "Save Our Tiger". NDTV. 
  10. ^ "Save Our Tiger". NDTV. 
  11. ^ "Support My School Campaign". NDTV. 
  12. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar: Joined NDTV "Support My School Campaign"". 
  13. ^ "Support my school". NDTV. 
  14. ^ a b "NDTV-Nirmal Lifestyle launch Marks for Sports under the Fit India movement". Business Standard. 
  15. ^ "Save India's cost". NDTV. 
  16. ^ "NDTV and Prannoy Roy – Once Upon a Time " Zoom Indian Media". Zoomindianmedia.wordpress.com. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "How Zee Is Shooting Star | Saibal Chatterjee". Outlookindia.com. 22 September 1997. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Mandarins' Murdoch mission likely to end up in smoke". Expressindia.com. 9 July 1998. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Sorry". Indianexpress.com. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  20. ^ http://www.outlookindia.com/printarticle.aspx?204285
  21. ^ http://www.outlookindia.com/printarticle.aspx?204133
  22. ^ B S Arun. "Radia tapes: Scandal in the media". Deccanherald.com. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  23. ^ The Barkha Dutt & Other Tapes
  24. ^ "NDTV juggles funds, shares abroad, avoids tax". The Sunday Guardian. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  25. ^ "CAG Report on XIX Commonwealth Games". Comptroller & Auditor General of India (Pdf). 
  26. ^ "CAG blames top media houses in Commonwealth Games Scam". News of Delhi. 
  27. ^ "Games contracts to media houses arbitrary and biased: CAG". India Today. 
  28. ^ "NDTV says TV ratings manipulated". 1 August 2012. 

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