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DR. PRANNOY ROY
Date of Birth 15-10-1949
Nationality Indian
Twitter Id https://twitter.com/PrannoyRoyNDTV
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Prannoy L Roy, Ph.D (Bengali: প্রনয রায) (born October 15, 1949) is an Indian journalist and media personality. He is the founder and Executive Chairperson of New Delhi Television (NDTV).

Early life

Prannoy Roy was born in Calcutta to a Bengali father ("Hurricane" Roy) who was the chief executive of the Indian unit of a British company and mother who was a teacher.He spent the first few years of his life at Kolkata & studied in La Martiniere, Calcutta. He then attended The Doon School, Dehradun where he was School Captain, later winning a scholarship to Haileybury in the UK for his A-levels and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales) and has a Ph.D in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. His working career involved: Associate Professor at The Delhi School of Economics, Psephologist, Consultant at Price Waterhouse, created a macro-econometric model of the Indian economy, Economic Advisor at the Ministry of Finance, Govt of India, co-Founder of NDTV.


Career

    Teaching: Prannoy Roy taught at the Delhi School of Economics for a year.
    Accountancy: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales). Was a consultant with Price Waterhouse, India.
    Macro-modeling: He later worked with a team to create a macro-econometric model for forecasting the Indian economy
    Psephology: One of the founders of election surveys and forecasting election results. Co-authored several books with Prof. David Butler and others
    Govt: Worked as Economic Advisor in the Finance Ministry, Govt of India
    Media: Award winning anchor and journalist with NDTV, India's leading news and current affairs network.

Controversy

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 3.52 crore 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.


Personal life

Prannoy Roy married Radhika Roy in 1972. Radhika's sister, Brinda Karat, is a communist politician from India, elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI(M) member, on 11 April 2005 from West Bengal.Arundhati Roy, the author and social activist is his first cousin.


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