Raghav Bahl


Founder & Former MD, Network 18 Founder & Chairman – Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd Entrepreneur, Business Leader Author & Editor on Economic Policy & Global Affairs Media Industry Expert

Often called the ‘Rupert Murdoch of India’, Raghav Bahl is a journalist, entrepreneur, media baron and one of the most respected business leaders of India. He built a highly diversified media company, Network 18, which has news operations at its core, and layered with a rich assortment of entertainment and film properties. Raghav recently exited from the company and founded Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd. The company’s first offering in The Quint – a mobile first digital news platform.

Raghav began his media journey while still in college. As a student at St. Stephens College, his passion for news compelled him to create TV programmes and moderate debates for the state-owned network. Not seeing much opportunity for journalists in India then, he decided to pursue an MBA from the University of Delhi and work as a management consultant for AF Ferguson and American Express Bank.

The television bug, however, continued to spur him on and he kept making TV shows in his spare time. When satellite TV arrived in 1991, he invested USD 2,000 to make two pilot programmes, one in news and one entertainment, and sent them—via video cassette!—to the BBC and Star TV in Hong Kong. They both wanted them. He also began making shows for CNBC Asia, so when they decided to launch a 24-hour business news channel in India, Raghav was a natural partner for them.

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