With the entire country all geared for counting of votes on May 16, TV channels have gone on an overdrive to bring vote by vote account to viewers. The southern channels have lined up an impressive list of programmes, news bulletins and live updates, besides roping in psephologists and senior journalists to analyse the results.
Asianet News Channel’s coverage will include informative discussions and interviews with leading political analysts. Panel discussions on the polls and its aftermath will be telecast from various places in Kerala, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other major places. News bulletins and special programmes on the Lok Sabha elections will continue till the formation of a new government. These programmes will contain special analysis and expert opinion on the forthcoming government. Asianet News Channel will telecast live counting and updates of election results on May 16 from 6.30 am onwards from all Constituent Assemblies.
Kalaignar TV and Seithigal Channel will be hosting election-related programmes from 7.00 am onwards on that day. A special programme, titled ‘Makkal Theerpu ’09 –Makudam Yaarukku? (Who Will Wear the Crown), will be aired till 2.00 pm. The programme will be initiated by popular politicians, whose points of view will reflect the thoughts of their political parties and their opinion of the verdict, which will start coming in from 8.00 am. As and when the results start pouring in, opinions of well-known personalities as well as the general public would be aired.
Amrita TV has lined up an expert panel of national-stature journalists, political, commentators, business captains, election analysts with Live reports, analysis, coverage from Delhi on May 16 from 6.30 am onwards for its election special, ‘'India Votes 2009’.
The Amrita TV expert panel at the Delhi studio will be led by a team comprising veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, political analyst TVR Shenoy, senior journalist K Gopalakrishnan, political commentator Hari Jaisingh, political observer Vijay Sanghvi, and Aditya Sinha, Editor-in-Chief, The New Indian Express. The business perspectives of the elections will be handled by Gurcharan Das, ex-Chief of P&G; Amit Mitra, Secretary General, FICCI; V Krishnamurthy, ex-Chairman, Maruti Udyog Ltd, and a galaxy of business leaders.
To provide a pan-Indian perspective, the guests who will be joining Amrita TV’s panel discussions include eminent media and political analysts such as Praful Bidwai, Virendra Kapoor, Ravindra Sharma, Kalyani Shankar, cartoonist Unni and Venkatesh Ramesh.
The Live election coverage from Delhi on May 16 will also witness participation of editors, bureau heads from a wide spectrum of national and language newspapers such as The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The New Indian Express, Mail Today, Telegraph, Organiser, Frontline, India Today, Mathrubhumi, and Deshabhimani, among others.
Amrita TV’s expert panels at Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Calicut and Chennai will be linked Live to the Delhi panel for the whole day. The Thiruvananthapuram expert panel will comprise psephologist Dr J Prabhash from Kerala University, and MG Radhakrishnan, Deputy Editor, India Today; while the Cochin panel will have senior journalist P Rajan and Manoj Das, Resident Editor, besides others.
From Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Orissa, regional editors of The New Indian Express will be filing status reports and comments for ‘'India Votes 2009’.
More panelists are expected to join Amrita TV’s ‘India Votes 2009’, which will had a curtain raiser on May 15 with day-long Live counting reports on May 16 and a follow-through coverage on government formation on May 17.
A special website, www.amritatv.com/elections has been designed with videos, blogs, opinion polls, election trivia and forums.