Prannoy Roy

Prannoy Lal Roy (born 15 October 1949) is an Indian journalist and psephologist, who is the co-founder and executive co-chairperson of New Delhi Television (NDTV) along with his wife Radhika Roy. He won the RedInk award by the Mumbai Press Club for lifetime achievement for his consistent and pioneering contribution to news television and his service to journalism in 2015.

Early life

Roy was born in Calcutta to an Irish mother and Bengali Hindu father, P L (“Hurricane”) Roy, who was a Collector during the British Raj in India. He attended La Martiniere Calcutta and The Doon School, Dehradun. He later won a scholarship to Haileybury and Imperial Service College in the UK for his A-levels and qualified as a British Chartered Accountant. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales) and has a PhD in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.

Roy studied at Queen Mary University of London from where he graduated with First Class Honours. He continued his academic career to earn a PhD from the Delhi School of Economics. His academic awards include the Leverhulme Trust (UK) Fellowship, Queen Mary Prize for results at BSc and an OPOS Scholarship at the Doon School to study at Haileybury College, and Chartered Accountancy from Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1979-83.

His paternal grandfather Paresh Lal Roy was called the ‘father of Indian Boxing’. Paresh Lal Roy’s younger brother Indra Lal Roy was the first Indian Ace, the first Indian pilot of the Royal Flying Corp during World War I.

Roy married his school friend Radhika Roy and they have a daughter. They are the adoptive parents of filmmaker Shonali Bose.

Career

Roy was a consultant for a few years at Price Waterhouse in India. He is a TV / digital journalist in India, an author and a professional British Chartered Accountant and Economist. He has been the lead anchor for election analysis and budget specials on India’s national television network Doordarshan and for BBC World News‘ Question Time India.

In 1988, Roy, along with his journalist wife Radhika, launched a television production house called New Delhi Television. On Doordarshan, he hosted news programs “The News Tonight” and “The World This Week.” He also started India’s first 24-hour English news channel NDTV 24×7.

He has been an Economic Advisor in the Indian government’s Ministry of Finance and an associate professor at the Delhi School of Economics. He has also been a consultant to the India division of international accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In 2009 Roy was one of two Indians serving on the International Advisory Board of Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.

He has co-authored A Compendium of Indian Elections and India Decides: Elections 1952–1991 with David Butler.