Govindraj Ethiraj

Govindraj Ethiraj is a television & print journalist and Founder-Editor of, a public interest journalism effort that uses data to tell stories. IndiaSpend was recently admitted to the Global Investigative Journalism Network list of investigative journalism organizations.

He is also a Co-Founder at Ping Digital Network, a next generation television network building content on the digital platform in the information, news and infotainment space. He also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the most recent being Bottomline on Headlines Today - and writes for magazines such as Forbes India and newspapers like Business Standard.

Previously, he was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India. Prior to setting up Bloomberg TV, he worked with Business Standard newspaper as Editor (New Media) with a specific mandate of integrating the newspaper’s news operations with its digital or web platform.

Before that, Govindraj spent five years with television channel CNBC-TV18 where he worked from near start-up point and actively drove most of the channels programming growth and expansion initiatives.

Prior to television, he worked in print in The Economic Times, Business World and Business India magazines. He has been a career business journalist who has reported and written on Indian business for the last 22 years. He is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute, Colorado.  

Other Awards/Recognition 

  • British Chevening Scholarships For Young Indian Print Journalists at The University of Westminster - 1998
  • Selected as one of 25 most influential personalities in media and advertising in Mumbai by Mid-Day on its 25th Anniversary (2004)
  • Nominated for Distinction in Communication at the Teacher's Achievement Awards 2004
  • BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Indo German Young Leaders Forum Chennai 2005, Munich 2006  
  • Conferred Honorary Lifetime Member of the XLRI Alumni Association (2005)
  • Award For Outstanding Contribution To Media; Indira Award For Marketing Excellence 2006
  • First class of Fellows to the India Leadership Initiative (ILI), an effort of the Aspen Institute, USA & the Global Markets Initiative of Goldman Sachs 2006
  • Elite Award for Excellence in Business Journalism, from the Association of Business Communicators of India, 2008. 
  • Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club of Madras Northwest, 2009.