Former News Director of Channel 7, Arup Ghosh, will host 'Bihar Ka Faisla' on DD News, along with Shireen Sethi, who had joined CNBC, when the two quit Sahara Samay Rashtriya in November last year.
The state broadcaster has roped in the popular anchors to add to its coverage of one of the most anticipated political events of the country, the Bihar Assembly elections. Twice a day, for half an hour, at 8 am and 8 pm, audiences can tune in to the familiar faces of Ghosh and Sethi, as they take Doordarshan audiences across the country through 'Bihar Ka Faisla'.
Speaking to exchange4media, Pankaj Shankar, Consultant Editor, DD News, Delhi, said, "The arrangement is for the Bihar elections for now, and we might consider taking this forward in future, at least for special events."
'Bihar ka Faisla' will be an in-house production, and air from Monday to Friday. On the four polling days and on counting days, an additional slot between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm has also been created.
Ghosh, who began his career with NDTV shows made for Doordarshan, is looking forward to the assignment. He said, "The Bihar election is a very big occasion – it is a very important election. There is a very good team here – young and motivated – under the leadership of Pankaj Shankar, and we've been working with the team for a couple of days now. We're looking forward to it."
The anchor also pointed out that when it came to key issues like elections, DD News had the proven ability to source the most sought after spokespeople first, and this would add to 'Bihar Ka Faisla'.
Ghosh was the Head of the Department at Sahara Samay Rashtriya, while Sethi was Head of NCR News at Sahara. Both are print journalists who migrated to television via NDTV. Ghosh had moved from Channel 7 in May.