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NDTV

New Delhi Television Limited
Public
Traded as BSE532529, NSENDTV
Industry Media
Founded 1988
Founder 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)
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.

Channels operating

Channels of NDTV Group are:

Notable personalities

Initiatives

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:

  • 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. 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.
  • 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. 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. 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Green Champion: This campaign was an initiative of NDTV with Godrej. It is India’s first environment based reality show, consisting of 13 episodes and 15 contestants who travel across the country to perform green tasks such as installation of solar panel in a rural home, developing a rainwater harvesting system at a rural school, installing a drip irrigation system in a farm. The show is telecasted on 4 channels of NDTV.

Controversies

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.

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