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News channels too gear up for I-Day celebrations

News channels too gear up for I-Day celebrations

Author | Puneet Bedi Bahri | Friday, Aug 14,2009 9:51 AM

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News channels too gear up for I-Day celebrations

India is celebrating her 62nd year of Independence amid the swine flu epidemic and threat of a drought looming large. News channels have sufficient fodder to highlight several issues facing the nation today and as part of their I-Day packages, news channels have lined up a series of thought-provoking shows this year.

The slew of special programming on Times Now comprises ‘Midnight’s Children’, ‘Total Recall-India @ 62’ and ‘The Foodie, at National Defence Academy, Pune’ amongst others. ‘Midnight’s Children’ follows the lives of five people who share their birth date with Independent India. Independence Day Special episode of ‘Total Recall’ looks back at the incidents that have shaped the country’s existence. In the special episode of the ‘Foodie…’, Kunal Vijayakar explores the military kitchens of the National Defence Academy.

Times Now will also highlight India’s achievement over the last 62 years like India’s first Olympic Gold, India’s mission to the moon, India’s indigenous made nuclear submarine and many more in the form of vignettes through the week.

IBN7 is presenting an exclusive line-up of shows throughout the week, leading up to Independence Day. These include the State of the Nation Poll, ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Jhanda Ooncha Rahe Humara’, Independence Musical and India Rocks.

IBN7’s bi-annual nationwide poll, ‘State of the Nation’, gets the pulse of the nation on the most pressing issues every Independence Day and Republic Day. In its 8th edition, the robust opinion poll dwells upon the continuing conflict between tradition and modernity that exist in our country. The findings of the poll will be telecast through the week with the final one-hour debate on Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Speaking about the special programming on Independence Day, Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7, said, “This Independence Day, we would like to commemorate the sacrifice of our martyrs along with our present day victories, which have made India shine. Therefore, we have planned our shows with a right mix of patriotism and entertainment and we are confident that viewers will appreciate the programming, making this Independence Day a memorable one.”

NDTV, too, brings a series of special shows to mark this special day. NDTV 24x7 brings a special debate on Indo-Pak relationship – ‘62 years after’. The show would be hosted by Vikram Chandra from India and Munizae Jahangir from Karachi. A special episode of ‘The Big Fight’ will air on August 15 at 8:00 pm on NDTV 24x7.

A new chat show, called ‘A Journey Like Never Before’, will commence from August 15 on NDTV Profit. The no holds barred chat show will feature youth icons of India who are re-defining their genre of work, be it politics, movies, business or literature. NDTV’s Rupali Tewari will host the show on which will air at 8:30 pm. This apart, there will be a programme on ‘Big Business Battles’, which will air on August 16 at 9:00 pm, which will have a panel discussion on 18 years of liberalisation in India.

Singer Sukhwinder will give a performance on ‘Azaadi Ki Udaan’ on Saturday, August 15, which will air on NDTV India. A documentary, ‘Kargil Ki Kahani, Air Force Ki Zubani’, which focuses on the Indian Air Force and its role during the Kargil war 10 years ago, will air on August 15 at 1:30 pm on NDTV India, with repeat telecast the same day at 11:30 pm.

‘The Legends’, which will air on NDTV 24x7 at 5:30 pm on August 15, pays tributes to the legends of India, their lives and times.

The programme ‘Jai Jawan’ will air on August 15 at 9:30 pm on NDTV India and 10:30 pm on NDTV 24x7. The show reminds one of the Indian Army’s grit and determination fighting the war in the extremely difficult terrain of Kargil 10 years ago.

India TV will be celebrating Independence Day with élan and a slew of programmes. Vinod Kapri, Managing Editor, India TV, said, “First in line will be ‘Asli India – Asli Hero’. This programme will deal with real heroes who are contributing silently towards the development of India. India TV will feature 10 such heroes in the one-hour programme.”

Kapri further said, “Then we have ‘Badal Raha hai India’. This programme will feature changing social trends in India, for example, how such a close society is opening up and ready to shed all its inhibitions and disclose its personal secrets on national channels. Another programme, ‘Bharat ke 10 Mantra’, will feature 10 ideas which can change the destiny of India and Indians.”

As part of the Fourth Estate of the nation, Zee News will highlight various issues, Government initiatives and how every citizen can contribute towards the growth and prosperity of the country through its ‘India first’ campaign.

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