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The Tempest

Have Radhika and Prannoy Roy undermined NDTV?

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Prannoy and Radhika Roy set up NDTV in 1988, at a time when the government held a monopoly over television news in India

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YOU HAVE TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT PERSON to celebrate a business milestone at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. But considering that Radhika and Prannoy Roy launched their 24-hour news channel, more than 15 years ago, at the prime minister’s official residence, it seemed apt that, in 2013, the programme to mark the twenty-fifth year of its parent company, New Delhi Television Private Limited, was held at the president’s.

The Roys organised a glittering event on a December evening that year, attended by some of India’s most famous and powerful people, many of whom the network was felicitating as the country’s “greatest global living legends.” In attendance were titans of industry (Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Indra Nooyi, NR Narayana Murthy), sporting legends (Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes) and film stars (Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Waheeda Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan). Once this galaxy of guests was seated, Prannoy Roy, dressed in a sleek black bandhgala, stepped up to a lectern.

“Several people, including protesters, police personnel and ordinary Kashmiris, told me that the agitations were spontaneous and leaderless, and that Geelani and other leaders did not weild the kind of clout they once did.”

Krishn Kaushik is a Staff Writer at The Caravan.

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I used to be a HUGE NDTV fan and in some ways still am. It wasnt just a channel but an institution. and even before NDTV, there was “the world this week”. i used to stay awake on Friday/Sunday nights to watch. it was the thing to look out for the week. but these days once great NDTV has ended up as Congress party mouthpiece. this generations “National Herald”. Twitter rants of NDTV journalists just confirms shrill pro congress view.
a recent one was calling NRIs twitter trolls for not supporting Congress.
sigh

The Fourth Estates is normally not critical of its fellow brethren. However, the courage that Caravan has taken to get the information about the scam within the media house is commendable. Like many Indians, i grew up with NDTV. However, realized that it was no more a Organization which has values and it turned out to be no better than an Thug company.

Now its time they face the law.

News Media, the fourth pillar of democracy, when decides to make money and its staff indulges in grey activities, the maximum injuries are inflicted to the readers. Presently, many news channels are manipulating ‘stories’ and telecasting ‘paid news’. The trend is not good for either democracy or the reader.

Well researched piece, NDTV despite all this— “that if you peeled the layers off any news company, you would find some questionable dealings. In NDTV’s case, the newsroom had always been insulated from the business” is to be respected among others. The past decade has been obnoxiously openly corrupt, NDTV might have not been able to control the flow however recession played its part well in ruining. Still there can be space for keeping NDTV an odd-man-out in birds of a feather flock together.

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Good article. However, the people referred in the article – ED guy who is a RSS affiliate, Gurumurty and Jethmalani, invoking Chidambaram, etc – don’t exactly make it a genuine case. There is certainly more to it, politics of some kind. As long as every justification is addressed by NDTV, the Roys retain majority or not, it is unjust to caste aspirations. It is easy to bring down somebody’s reputation, harder to build one. As responsible readers of such well researched reportage, we also need to ensure we do not form opinions. Else there is no difference between Times Now and Caravan!!

Wow ….I usually never write comments online.But this time I just had to.Well done guys!You are part of an Elite league of media houses to take on the one of the Big guys.Thank you so much.Keep writing good stuff.

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