Govindraj Ethiraj

Founder,
BOOM, IndiaSpend, FactChecker

Govindraj is a television and print journalist and most recently Founder of BOOM, a fact-checking and fake news busting initiative. He is also Founder of the award-winning IndiaSpend and FactChecker, public interest journalism efforts which use data to write and syndicate stories in areas like health, education and environment.

BOOM and FactChecker are the only verified India members of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN), a part of the Poynter Institute. IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

Govindraj also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the current one being `Aegons of Business’ featuring conversations with young entrepreneurs on BloombergQuint, and earlier the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha or RSTV.

Previously, he was Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hour 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 of 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 actively drove most of the channel’s 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 over 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Inaugural Class of Ananta Aspen’s 2006 India Leadership Initiative, a 2018 McNulty Laureate and a winner of the 2014 BMW Responsible Leaders Awards.