With Karnataka gearing up for the Assembly elections, Kannada channel Suvarna News, too, is in poll mode with ‘Karnataka Kurukshetra’, a special election programme claimed to be the first in Kannada television to provide a definitive breakdown on the Assembly elections. Suvarna News will be providing a 360-degree overview of the elections and keep the people armed with information to encourage them to cast their votes and promote a more democratic process.
Suvarna News would be undertaking expansive research surveys on pre-poll predictions, analysis of trends, local politics, non-performing MLAs and extensive interviews with high profiled politicians, candidates and voters in several constituencies.
The channel has planned a programme called ‘Chunavane Munnota’, which would present a widespread poll forecast. The poll has been conducted by Delhi-based research firm C-Fore. Another programme, ‘Jana Matha’, will cover 8-9 constituencies every day, presenting interviews with voters. Suvarna News has also conducted a mock poll at these constituencies. The programme will feature the pulse of people as they prepare to vote and analyse caste issues, popularity of parties, politicians, etc. ‘Jana Matha’ will be telecast every hour leading up to the elections.
‘Walkpatha’, an in-depth and incisive talk show, will showcase interviews with leading politicians conducted in an informal manner. The channel has also lined up debates in ‘Dodatta’, which will showcase politicians from different parties in a face-off debate. Shashidhar Bhat, Chief of News, Suvarna News, will moderate the debate, which is scheduled to start from April 28, 2008.
This apart, for the first time in television, Suvarna News has organised a programme to showcase all the candidates to help promote a democratic process. ‘Ivaru Nimage Gothe?’ will profile all the poll candidates. Also, to portray the efforts undertaken in the previous tenure, the channel would present two programmes which would take a critical look at the non-performing MLAs in ‘Navirodhu Heege’ and election promises in ‘Helidhenu Madidhenu’. These programmes aim to remove the façade of sloganeering politicians and present a crystal clear view of endeavours that were promised but not honoured by the parties and politicians.
In order to get an unbiased rundown of the poll scenario, Suvarna News has invited renowned and leading print journalists in the state for the election special. The experts will take part in various talk shows providing a holistic outlook.