Senior TOI Journalist Ranjan Roy Passes Away

Colleagues at the Times of India recalled his “wonderfully impish charm” and the journalistic acumen with which he “meticulously curated the best stories from across the length and breadth of India.”

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Mar 12, 2018 8:50 AM

Senior journalist and chief of the Times News Network (TNN) Ranjan Roy passed away at his home in Gurgaon on Saturday after a prolonged battle with cancer at the age of 57.

Roy, an alumnus of St. Stephens’s College and Princeton University, US, was also a member of the editorial board of the Times News Network (TNN). He began his journalistic career in 1982 at the Press Trust of India in New Delhi, and worked with the Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur and New York, before returning to India in 2004 to head the Times News Network.

Editor-in-Chief of the Press Trust of India (PTI) Vijay Joshi, who worked with Roy in the 80s and 90s, remembers him as a fine editor, mentor and motivator, saying “Like all good journalists, Ranjan was cynical and yet had the insatiable curiosity of a reporter. He had strong views, but had the intellect of an academic”.

“But what really blew me away was his outlook to life, and indeed death, when he found out about his illness. He never let that small detail of impending death pull him down, and until the end refused to be depressed. If he did, he didn’t show it to those around him” Joshi continued.

Colleagues at the Times of India recalled his “wonderfully impish charm” and the journalistic acumen with which he “meticulously curated the best stories from across the length and breadth of India.”

Roy’s final rites were performed on Sunday in Delhi and he leaves behind his parents, his wife Vidhu and son Aman.

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