Prabhu Chawla born in Lahore, Punjab, British India in 1946. He is allumni of Deshbandhu college University of Delhi . He started his career as an economics lecturer in Delhi University. He is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express, a Chennai-based newspaper in India. Earlier he was the Editor-in-Chief of the same newspaper.
Prior to his assignment with The New Indian Express, he was the editor of Language publications in India Today news magazine. Before holding this post he worked as the editorial director of the magazine for 24 years until August 2010. Mr Chawla has the unique distinction of being the only journalist ever in India whose story had led to the fall of a Government in New Delhi. He scooped the controversial Jain Commission report on the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. Its publication in the magazine led to the Congress withdrawing support to the United Front government, which led to the fall of the Inder Kumar Gujral led regime in 1997.
While at India Today, he hosted a popular talk show Seedhi Baat on Aaj Tak channel where he grilled prominent personalities. But after leaving the group he was replaced by M. J. Akbar. He is one of the top Talk show hosts in India and his weekly show Teekhi Baat on the IBN7 channel had one of the highest ratings for a news-based programme. Currently, he is hosting Sachchi Baat on National Voice , Siddhi Gal on PTC News and is the editorial director of The New Indian Express Group.
Prabhu Chawla was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 2003.A chronological list of various awards and recognitions –
- 2016: Punjabi Icon Award
- 2016: Lifetime Achievement Award – 5th IMWA 2016 awards
- 2010: Global Punjabi Society Achievers Award
- 2009: Indian Television Academy Award for the Best News and Current Affairs Anchor for Seedhi Baat programme that featured people in the news from politics, culture to sports
- 2008: Indian Television Academy Award for the Best Talk Show Host
- 2008: Sansui Television Best TV Anchor Award
- 2005 : The Hero Honda-Indian Television Academy (ITA) Best Anchor award for `Seedhi Baat’ (telecast on Aajtak)
- 2003: Padma Bhushan by the President of India
- 2003: Telly Awards — TV NEWS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR
- 1998: TSR Kalapeetham Life Time Achievement Award
- 1989 : GK REDDY MEMORIAL AWARD for “in recognition of proficiency in writing about national and international events. An acknowledgement of the range and depth of political reporting in India Today.’’
- 1985-86: FEROZE GANDHI MEMORIAL AWARD for “meticulous reporting of national affairs and investigative stories”.
- 1984: VEERESALINGAM NVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM AWARD instituted by Dr Vasireddi Malathi Trust Hithakarini Samaj, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
Prabhu Chawla’s name cropped up in the infamous Radia tapes controversy. Mr. Chawla has accepted that he knew Ms. Nira Radia and had conversations with her. It is alleged that he forewarned Mr. Mukesh Ambani regarding a judgement of the Mumbai High Court.There is, however, controversy regarding the exact conversations that took place. In December 2010, Chawla resigned from India Today group.