He attended The Doon School, Dehradun. Graduating with First Class Honours from Queen Mary College, London, Roy continued his academic career to earn a Doctor of Philosophy from the Delhi School of Economics. His academic awards include the Leverhulme Trust (United Kingdom) Fellowship, Queen Mary College Prize for results at Bachelor of Science and an OPOS Scholarship at the Doon School to study at Haileybury College.
Paresh Lal Roy"s younger brother Indra Lal Roy was the first Indian Ace, the first Indian pilot of Royal Flying Corporation during World War I.
Prannoy Roy is a television / 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 British Broadcasting Corporation World News" Question Time India. Roy started his career with televised coverage of India"s general elections.
On Doordarshan, he hosted news programs "The News Tonight" and "The World This Week" (which were nominated as one of India"s 5 best television programs since independence) He also started India"s first 24-hour English news channel NDTV 24x7.
He has been an Economic Advisor in the Indian government"s Ministry of Finance and an Associate Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, where he developed a macro-econometric forecasting model for the Indian economy. 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. The China, Burma, India Theatre of Operations had filed a case of criminal conspiracy against NDTV managing director Roy in 1998 for alleging fraud in Doordarshan upgrade.
In July 2013, Roy and NDTV were cleared by the courts and found not-guilty of all charges involving cases filed against Roy by the China, Burma, India Theatre of Operations under Section 120-Bachelor of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Acting.
He has co-authored "A Compendium of Indian Elections" and "India Decides: Elections 1952-1991" with David Butler. The "Jeene ki Aasha" campaign, which focuses on maternal and childcare issues around the country was launched in 2011 with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. NDTV also honours deserving people from all walks of life with its "Indian of The Year".
Married Radhika Roy; 2 children.