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Vikram Chandra
Chandra in 2022
Vikramaditya A. Chandra

(1967-01-07) 7 January 1967 (age 57)
Delhi, India
Other namesVikramaditya Chandra
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
Oxford University
Founder; Editorji Technologies
SpouseSeema Chandra

Vikram Chandra (born 7 January 1967) is an Indian journalist, who founded Editorji Technologies, a multilingual video news platform. Chandra setup Editorji in October 2018, positioning it as a disruptive offering in the digital news space.[1]

While HT Media and Bharti Airtel were among the early investors in editorji, in July 2020, the RP-Sanjiv Goenka (RPSG) Group acquired 51 percent stake.[2]

At editorji, Chandra hosts some of its flagship programmes, including The India Story, a weekly show that offers in-depth analysis on the big newsmakers from India. The 2021 Assembly Elections and the Covid-19 pandemic are some of the top stories that have been covered.[3]

Prior to Editorji, Chandra was the CEO of NDTV Group from 2011 to October 2016.[4][5][6] He is considered among the leading journalists in India today.[7] Chandra's reputation as a journalist was built while covering the Kashmir conflict. He is the former anchor for the Nine O'Clock News and was, until recently, host of Gadget Guru and anchor of The Big Fight.[8][9][10]

Currently Vikram Chandra is the Founder & Managing Director of Editorji Technologies.

Early life and career


Chandra is the son of IAS officer Mr. Yogesh Chandra and his wife Nandini Chandra, a journalist with The Hindustan Times.[6] He is an alumnus of The Doon School, where he was the editor of The Doon School Weekly. After his schooling, Chandra attended St. Stephen's College, Delhi and received a bachelor's degree in Economics.[6][11] He later studied at Oxford on an Inlaks Scholarship.[6][10] He has also done a three-month course in mass media at Stanford University.[6][10] He is married to Seema Chandra.[6]

Chandra began his career in television journalism in 1991 working with a TV news magazine called Newstrack.[6] He has been with New Delhi Television Limited since 1994.[6] During these years, he worked on the prime time 9 O'Clock News, Gadget Guru (with Rajiv Makhni), which was a review show about new technologies. He is best known for his award-winning anchor position on The Big Fight, which is one of India's top rated talk and current affairs shows.[6]

In 2000 Chandra was instrumental in setting up NDTV.com, which became one of the top websites in the country. In 2007, he was named CEO of NDTV Networks, and in 2011 he was named as the CEO of the NDTV group.[12] He resigned from NDTV in 2016 to found 'editorji' [13] and was replaced as NDTV CEO by K V L Narayan Rao who had already had one stint as NDTV's CEO in the past. In August 2019, he was named in a FIR along with the NDTV co-founders Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy, for alleged FDI norms violation by the CBI.[14] NDTV called the FIR an act of vendetta against the free press, and Chandra said he seemed to have been named by mistake. Separately, Chandra was fined Rs 6,67,000 by SEBI in November 2020, and was barred from the securities market, along with some other NDTV employees.[15] He appealed the order in SAT, which stayed the SEBI order in December.

Chandra's first work of fiction, the thriller The Srinagar Conspiracy, was published in 2000 and became a best seller. Chandra received acclaim for his familiarity with Kashmir, where the book is set, and his use of the English language.[9]

Notable assignments


As a reporter, Chandra was assigned to Kashmir, where he reported on war and conflict. Chandra had an exclusive footage of the army camps at the Saltoro Heights in Siachen.[16]

As the anchor of The Big Fight (NDTV), Chandra has interviewed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in 2006,[17] Bill Gates in 2012,[18] Shimon Peres,[citation needed] and Rupert Murdoch.[citation needed] He also interviewed Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc. in May 2016, during the latter's visit to India. In 2018, he interviewed former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore during the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Chandra has been active in public interest media campaigns in India. He has worked on several "Greenathons," which is a media campaign to expand the electrical system to rural areas and finance solar lanterns to bring light to homes.[10] He has also been active in the "Save our Tigers" campaign to stop poaching. He is also very popular among scholars for his significant contribution to various social and political themes.[10]



In 2007, Chandra received the designation "Global Leader for Tomorrow" from the World Economic Forum in Davos when he was selected as a "Young Global Leader."[6][19] He has twice won the Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Award for Best Anchor for a Talk Show for The Big Fight in 2005 and 2008[6][20][21] and the Teacher's Achievement Award for Communication,[11] amongst other coveted recognitions.


  1. ^ "Editorji rides on AI; creates a brand safe environment for advertisers". ET Brand Equity.
  2. ^ "RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group acquires 51% stake in Vikram Chandra's Editorji". Financial Express.
  3. ^ "On News Guru | Should Bengal polls be curtailed? Derek O'Brien exclusive on editorji". editorji.
  4. ^ "NDTV Corporate Page". NDTV. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  5. ^ Bhat, Varada (30 July 2011). "NDTV rejigs management". Business Standard. New Delhi: Business Standard Ltd. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "A nose for news – Mehnaz Nasreen and Rohit Manchanda". The Sunday Indian. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Top Five Journalists in India". Chillibreeze.com. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  8. ^ Bansal, Shuchi (19 February 2008). "NDTV scores big with entertainment channel". Business Standard. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  9. ^ a b "I will still do the 'Big Fight': Vikram Chandra". Exchange4media.com. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Kargil was a very emotional experience: Vikram Chandra – CoolAge". Coolage.in. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  11. ^ a b "A rendezvous with Mr. Vikram Chandra – CoolAge". Coolage.in. 30 August 2012. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  12. ^ 25 August 2009 – 2:09PM (25 August 2009). "Vikram Chandra Is CEO, Suparna Singh Named Deputy CEO at NDTV Convergence – paidContent". Paidcontent.org. Retrieved 28 September 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Ramarko (3 May 2019). "Vikram Chandra to launch Editorji, his new startup". Retrieved 11 December 2019. The start-up is called Editorji and deals with harnessing robotics and AI for news genre.
  14. ^ "NDTV's Prannoy Roy, wife, former CEO booked for alleged FDI norms violation". Press Trust of India. 21 August 2019 – via Business Standard.
  15. ^ News, MoneyLife. "Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy, Vikram Chandra, others barred from capital market for insider trading of NDTV shares: Read details". Retrieved 30 November 2020. {{cite news}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  16. ^ Sangghvi, Malavika (13 August 2011). "My Life My Style: Vikram Chandra, CEO of NDTV". Business Standard India. Business-standard.com. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  17. ^ "Saudi King Abdullah Begins Asian Tour, Signaling Shift in Foreign Policy: #evworld". Evworld.com. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  18. ^ "Steve Jobs and I are quite different: Bill Gates - NDTVProfit.com". Profit.ndtv.com. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  19. ^ Social Post (17 January 2007). "Omar says honoured to be named young global leader | India – Oneindia News". News.oneindia.in. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  20. ^ "2005". IndianTelevisionAcademy.com. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  21. ^ "2008". IndianTelevisionAcademy.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2012.