NDTV fires 70 staff around India, says decision not linked to tussle with govt


NDTV has reportedly fired around 70 staff both in Delhi and around the country as the channel restructured its business and resources.

As many as 70 staff have been asked to quit, reported Outlook website. Among those asked to leave reportedly include reporters and camera persons.

Although, the channel has not confirmed the number of staff it has laid off in its latest cost-cutting efforts, it put out a release saying the move was not linked to its public spat with the Centre’s Narendra Modi government.

According to the NDTV statement, downsizing its operations was a routine matter and it was to shift its focus to mobile journalism.

The fresh development comes just couple of days after the channel refuted media reports that the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal had indicted its founder, Prannoy Roy and the channel for tax evasion and money laundering.

In a detailed rebuttal published on the channel’s website, the NDTV said called the media reporting agenda-driven.

It said, “The ITAT order has refused to accept the allegation of IT department that there was any money-laundering by NDTV or Dr Roy (in para 103 of the ITAT judgement). Therefore, allegations that money-laundering has been accepted by ITAT are false and appear to be agenda-driven.

In June the CBI had raided the premises of Dr Roy and his co-founder wife, Radhika Roy just days after one of the channel’s anchor had rudely told a BJP spokesperson to leave the show.