BBC World lines up two year end specials

MUMBAI: BBC World will be airing two special year-end one-hour episodes - Review 2004 and India: The Year Ahead. These specials will take a hard look at the year gone by.

These specials will be broadcast on 26 December and 2 January under the India Business Report segment.

UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala will bring his insights of the macro economic headlines of the year. The programme produced by UTV, will be in the form of a panel discussion in which some of the most prominent economists and business leaders in India will discuss the main issues facing the Indian economy in 2004, and the challenges ahead in 2005. An audience featuring business students, entrepreneurs and corporate executives will also form a part of the discussion.

The panel discussions are preceded by viewpoints from Asian Development Bank deputy country manager Sudipto Mundle for 2004 and from Gurcharan Das for 2005.

The panel discussions include CRISIL Chief Economist Subir Gikran, Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy MD Mahesh Vyas and Shell Group of Companies chairman Vikram Singh Mehta for the year that was and JM Morgan Stalnely MD Nimesh Kampani, Godrej Group chairman Adi Godrej and Oxus Research and Investments MD Surjit Bhalla for 2005 – what's in store.

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