Come the New Year, and channels get busy with their plans to take viewers on a tour of the major happenings of the year. This year is no different. exchange4media presents a preview of what to expect from the major news channels as the year draws to a close.
Starting December 25, NDTV Network will bring out the year’s flavour through a host of programmes. Some of the highlights include NDTV India’s programmes on how the movie ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ recreated Mahatma Gandhi in the Indian mind through a special telecast on the year’s biggest films, best sequels and remakes. It will also talk about terrorist attacks, legal procedures and verdicts, and discuss other controversies of the year.
Then there will be ‘Highlights of the Year 2006’, a programme showcasing controversies, joint ventures, strongest pictures, obituaries during the year. An award would be given to the ‘Best Indian of the Year’. This will be followed by half-hour specials on sports and different selections from Night-Out.
NDTV Profit will air a series of special episodes of some popular business and lifestyle shows, including a programme on ‘Top four stories of the Year 2006’, as well as a year-ender on the mergers and acquisitions that made news during the year, titled ‘India on the prowl’, besides special episodes of ‘Value for Money’, ‘Good Food’, ‘Gadget Guru’, ‘Cell Guru’ and ‘Money Mantra’.
Starting December 30, CNN IBN will air a special programme aimed at the youth featuring interviews and discussions on what they felt about the year’s major events, a wrap-up of the cricket scenario, a sports recap, as well as a recap of what happened throughout the year in Bollywood music.
It will also run a best of ‘Devil’s Advocate’ (with Karan Thapar), a feature on the biggest news events of the year, a half-hour special showcasing snippets from the best interviews done over the last 12 months in a show titled ‘The Year That Wasn’t’ with Cyrus Broacha; a recap of international developments during the year, etc.
Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN and IBN 7, said, “It’s already the end of the year. With our channel recently completing its first birthday, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the entire team, to wish all our devoted viewers a very Happy and prosperous New Year.”
IBN 7 has lined up the ‘Best of Superstar’, where it will showcase back-to-back, light and entertaining shows, including a ‘Bejan Daruwala Special’, focusing on celebrity predictions, a ‘Best of Hanste Hanste’ where a montage of funny snippets from various comedy shows and a spoof on the major news events of the past year will be presented.
Ashutosh, Managing Editor, and IBN 7, said, “We always work towards providing quality programming. New Year’s eve will be no exception. The line-up will constitute a selection of shows to suit our tastes and ring in 2007 with a bang.”
Some of the specials planned by STAR News include ‘Saal Dhamaal’, which looks at the year with a special focus on entertainment, cricket and politics. The first six episodes of the programme will be anchored by The Great Indian Laughter Challenge anchor Sunil Pal. The special episode on December 31 would be anchored by a number of comic anchors like Suresh Menon, Purvi Joshi, Sonya, Gaurav Gera, Kikoo, Kunal and Rakesh Paul.
Some of the business features that will be aired on the channel as part of its New Year’s specials include shows featuring top national and international destinations, one-on-ones with the people who make a difference, the top cars that will hit the road in 2007 along with experts comments, brand comparisons, pricing and technical analysis, a job special, a run down on the best cities and places to invest in real estate and will launch fresh programmes like Smart Shopping with Tech2, Street Super Achievers - II, What's Cool and Hot, a brand new Capital Report, and Hafte ka Audit in new avatars.
BBC World will be airing ‘Being Indian’, a critically-acclaimed documentary film that won top position on the channel’s online poll, on December 30 and 31. BBC World viewers across the world had voted for the most outstanding documentary programme shown on the channel this year, from a selection of 15 documentaries – many of which are award-winning BBC productions. ‘Being Indian’, which won over 18.95 per cent votes follows the lives of four children from widely differing backgrounds. The programme delves into what social change and mobility really means for children of India today. Other award-winning programmes that would be aired on the channel include the provocatively titled ‘The World Uncovered: Sex Crimes and the Vatican’.
‘Defining Moments 2006’, CNN’s New Year special show, will comment and analyse the channel’s own stories and news coverage. It will chart the developments and increasing tensions in Lebanon and Iraq, it will document the 7/11 Mumbai train bombings, the spiralling violence between Sunnis and Shiias in Iraq, etc.
Times Now plans to air a series of special shows featuring some of the most defining moments of 2006 ranging from politics to cricket and entertainment to business. Their package will be titled ‘2006: What a Year’ and will comprise shows such as ‘2006: Through the Times Now lens’, ‘Moments of TV History’, ‘Couch Potato’ and ‘2006 - What it meant for India’.
‘2006 - What it meant for India’ will be aired on December 30 and will put together stories from various fields like politics, cricket, bollywood, crime and business. The other special show, ‘Through the Times Now Lens’ will put together stories that will represent various news moments from the year.
Commenting on the special shows, Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief, Times Now said, “2006 was a great year for us, chasing the news every minute of the day. Our show will capture the best and most dramatic of these moments, looking ahead rather than looking back.”
‘Moments of TV history’ will present the best of television in India and across the world. In addition to these special shows, there will be a news-hour round up as well shows on entertainment and food.
Sandeep Sharma, Vice-President and Head-Ad sales, said, “The year-end special property is a great opportunity for our advertisers to associate with the defining moments of the year.”