BBC, CNN firm up Indian elections coverage plans

MUMBAI: The two major international news organisations BBC and its American counterpart CNN are devoting a considerable amount of time to cover the Indian elections next month. The results will declared on 13 May.

The BBC has anounced that it will have more journalists covering the Indian elections than any other international news organisation. Its correspondents and camera persons will be reporting from across the country and the region on what the elections mean not only for India but for South Asia and the rest of the world.

The BBC South Asia's Bureau chief Paul Danahar added: "The outcome of the Indian elections will be a story of global importance and we'll be treating it that way. We plan to bring our special poll coverage across BBC World, BBC World Service and of India's election results to more than 500 million people across the globe."

The BBC coverage will range from minute-by-minute reporting for the Indian audiences listening in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali and English on BBC World Service radio and via online sites,,, and through to the wider international importance of the polls on the BBCs global television news channel BBC World. There will be a huge interactive site on the BBC online news service, which records 20 million page impressions every day.

On BBC World, BBC World Service radio and BBC News Online South Asia facing site the coverage will be led by BBCs India correspondent Sanjeev Srivastava and South Asia correspondents Adam Mynott and Nick Bryant (South Asia Correspondents), with senior journalists joining them from London. BBC World Service radio journalists will be involved in live coverage from across India in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Urdu. Specially commissioned reports and in-depth features will examine the political climate before, during and post elections.

BBC World's show Asia Today will run special India Elections broadcasts. These will feature interviews with key figures, psephologists, election pundits, political commentators and journalists analysing the incoming results and the initiatives of the new government. BBC World news programmes will explore electoral issues in special reports, features and interviews with key personalities throughout the month. There will be special election editions of Question Time India BBC World's regular panel discussion show that is presented by Dileep Padgaonkar.

CNN's Delhi bureau chief Satinder Bindra will report on the elections along with his team including Ram Ramgopal and Suhasini Haidar. CNNs' coverage will focus on some central themes like our thriving outsourcing history, the growing influence of the youth in the electoral process and our search for global power status. CNN will deploy its latest technology called Digital News Gathering. This enables the broadcaster to se up instant live shots.

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