He is founder and the president of New Delhi Television (NDTV). He is one of the pioneers of Indian television journalism.
Roy attended The Doon School, Dehradun and went to Haileybury (UK) for his A-levels. He graduated in Economics from the University of London's Queen Mary College in 1973. Then he got his Ph.D from the Delhi School of Economics where he also taught for a year. He worked as Chartered Accountant for some time and later joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers, India before moving over to television.
He rose to fame with the program The World This Week and the election coverage with Vinod Dua on Doordarshan. He has also worked for the STAR TV. He specializes in covering elections. He is also a well-known economist and has served as an economic adviser to the Ministry of Finance.
He is married to Radhika Roy (sister of Brinda Karat), who was a speech therapist and is the Director of NDTV. He is the uncle (Arundhati Roy's father and Prannoy Roy are brothers) of award winning novelist and activist Arundhati Roy.