Bahl is an Indian businessman, a serial entrepreneur, and investor best
known for his ownership of several television channels,
including TV18 India. Raghav was the Founding/Controlling Shareholder
& Managing Director of Network 18 Group until the takeover
by Reliance Industries Ltd. He has several successful exits to his
credit. Besides founding and scaling Network 18, India's leading media group,
Raghav has seeded moneycontrol.com, bookmyshow.com, Firstpost, Yatra among
others. He has also managed long and successful partnerships with some of the
world's leading media brands: CNBC, Viacom, BBC, Star TV, A&E, Time
Warner, Forbes. Raghav founded The Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd after his exit
from Network 18. He has signed a joint venture agreement with Bloomberg
L.P. to launch BloombergQuint.
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.
Raghav launched his own television production company, shortly after the Indian
government privatised the industry as part of its push for economic growth.
Today, Network 18 is one of India’s biggest media conglomerates, with nearly 35
TV channels, 13 websites, a portfolio of niche magazines, and a
movie-production company. Its current market capitalisation is well over a
billion dollars. The company has formed successful joint ventures with CNBC,
Forbes, A&E Networks, Viacom, and Time Warner, with whom it runs India’s
leading English news channel, CNN-IBN. It operates the country’s leading Hindi
news channel, IBN7, and is growing in regional markets as well.
Raghav has been felicitated at various
national and international forums. In 1994, the World Economic Forum called him
a Global Leader of Tomorrow and he won India’s Sanskriti Award for Journalism.
Ernst & Young named Raghav the Entrepreneur of the Year for Business
Transformation in 2007. And in 2011, he won the All India Management
Association’s Media Person of the Year award, as well as the Bombay Management
Association’s prize for Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also bestowed an
honorary degree from Amity University in Uttar Pradesh.
Raghav’s first book, Superpower? The
Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise, was published by
Penguin Allen Lane in 2010, and remained on India’s bestseller list for several
weeks. It was one of the few Indian books picked up by Portfolio/Penguin for a
wider international release in the US, the UK and Canada, and was later
translated into several other languages. It received some excellent press—while
Fareed Zakaria recommended it on his CNN show GPS, former Indian deputy Prime
Minister LK Advani wrote a blog post about it. In connection with its
publication, Raghav appeared on Richard Quest’s CNN show Quest Means Business,
the BBC’s HARDtalk, CNBC’s Street Signs, The Street.com, Bloomberg radio, The
Leonard Lopate Show on New York public radio, Voice of America, and ABC Radio.
He also delivered speeches or appearances at the Council on Foreign Relations,
the London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of
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