Crime shows catch fancy of news channels

Crime shows catch fancy of news channels

Author | Sakshi Talwar | Tuesday, Nov 23,2004 8:29 AM

Crime shows catch fancy of news channels

The genre of crime seems to be picking up with more and more new shows hitting the tube without end. With already existing shows like ‘Crime Patrol’, ‘Jurm’, ‘Crime Reporter’, and others running on television, crime undoubtedly appears to be turning a lot of eyeballs.

Leading news channels like Aaj Tak and Zee News are waging the battle against evil with shows like ‘Andha Qanoon’ and ‘Vardaat’, providing a deeper insight into the world of crime.

‘Andha Qanoon’ starting November 26 at 8.30 pm on Zee News, would focus on legal system and its shortcomings. This reality show will be shown through dramatisation of real-life cases and will depict how law has been violated at several instances.

Laxmi N Goel, Director-News, Zee Network, said, “With increasing crime, we feel it is our duty to report it. Apart from revealing how innocent people are punished, the show will educate people not to indulge in crime. The show will talk on the harsh punishments induced for smaller crime. It will also feature cases in which long delay of judgment has ruined the victim.”

Another Hindi news major Aaj Tak, on the other hand, has designed ‘Vardaat’, a 30-minute programme on news from the crime world. To be aired at 11 pm on weekdays, the show spotlights different kinds of crime-based stories from all over India – especially from North and the metros. Special stories on Forensic Investigation, feature on criminal gangs, crime committed against women are some of the areas that the serial will deal with.

Rajesh Sheshadari, Senior Marketing Manager, Aaj Tak, said, “Crime-based programmes are increasingly becoming very popular. Viewers are showing a keen appetite in crime related news. With ‘Vardaat’ we will provide them with a day-to-day update on crime.”

With the increasing demand of crime-based serials, it only remains to be seen how many survives and how many fades out.

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