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NDTV India

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NDTV India
Broadcast areaInternational
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i for the SD feed)
OwnerNDTV (a subsidiary of the Adani Group, since November 2022)
Sister channelsNDTV 24x7
NDTV Profit
Launched14 April 2003; 21 years ago (2003-04-14)
Streaming media
NDTV India Live TV[1]

NDTV India (styled as NDTV इंडिया) is an Indian Hindi-language news channel, owned by NDTV. The channel was launched on 15 April 2003, along with its English counterpart, NDTV 24×7, after the end of the partnership with Disney Star, providing the news content for its Star News channel.[1]

In June 2016, NDTV decided to launch two separate channels called NDTV India and NDTV Spice in the United Kingdom.[2]


NDTV was the brainchild of its chairman, Prannoy Roy,[3] and his wife and managing director, Radhika Roy. In 1988, NDTV produced the news and current affairs show The World This Week for the national service broadcaster, Doordarshan. The show proved to be popular and NDTV established its image as a private news producer. It moved on to become the sole news content provider and producer for India’s first 24-hour news channel, Star News. On 15 April 2003, they launched two 24-hour news channels—NDTV 24x7 in English and NDTV India in Hindi.

Telecast ban[edit]

In January 2016, the channel received notice from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting over its coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attacks, for allegedly violating norms.[4] On 4 January 2016, while the Indian security forces were still under the counter operations against the terrorist attack committed on 2 January 2016 at the Pathankot Air Force Station, NDTV India's telecast between 12:25 and 12:31 hours (IST) had allegedly revealed "strategically-sensitive information".[5] On 2 November 2016, the committee set up by the ministry ordered a blackout of the channel on 9 November 2016, prohibiting "transmission or re-transmission for one day on any platform throughout India".[5] The order also stated that NDTV had revealed strategically-sensitive information, related to the positions of ammunition and armaments at the airbase along with locations of schools and residential areas in the vicinity, thus endangering civilian lives. The coverage was deemed in violation of the Cable TV Network Rules, 1994 that prevent live coverage of anti-terrorist operations.[5][6][7]

After the channel decided to move to the Supreme Court against the order, got a date of hearing on 5 November 2016, and seemed to receive support from the public over social media and through protests, the government surprisingly put its orders regarding blackout on hold just before the hearing.[8]


Journalists at NDTV have said they face intimidation, aimed at stopping them from running stories critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[9]

Associated journalists[edit]

  • Manoranjan Bharti
  • Manish Kumar
  • Nidhi Kulpati
  • Akhilesh Sharma
  • Anurag Dwary
  • Nehal Kidwai
  • Himanshu Shekhar Mishra
  • Neeta Sharma
  • Kadambini Sharma
  • Naghma Sehar
  • Sharad Sharma
  • Mukesh Singh Senger
  • Ravish Ranjan Shukla
  • Puja Bharadwaj
  • Parimal Kumar
  • Aditi Rajputana


  1. ^ "NDTV India".
  2. ^ "NDTV India & NDTV Spice to launch in the UK". BizAsia. 14 June 2016. Archived from the original on 26 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Prannoy Roy: Executive Co-Chairperson NDTV Group". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Show cause notice to news channel on Pathankot attack coverage". The Economic Times. 27 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Express News Service (4 November 2016). "Take NDTV India off air on November 9 for Pathankot: I&B panel". Indian Express. New Delhi. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  6. ^ "NDTV India ordered to go off air for a day". The Hindu. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  7. ^ "NDTV India ordered off air on Nov 9 over coverage of Pathankot attack". Hindustan Times. 3 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  8. ^ "NDTV India Ban Put on Hold by Government".
  9. ^ "Indian journalists say they intimidated, ostracized if they..." Reuters. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.

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