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Broadcast News buys studio space

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MUMBAI: Broadcast News, the new venture that ex-NDTV stalwarts Rajdeep Sardesai and Sameer Manchanda have floated in collaboration with TV 18 Group, has identified prime space for setting up base for its news channel headquarters.

Broadcast News editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai has confirmed to indiantelevision.com that his company has acquired 50,000 sq feet of space in Express Towers in Film City in Nodia, on the outskirts of Delhi.

A clear indication that Broadcast News will be launching a Hindi news channel at some point to accompany the main English channel was provided by Sardesai's assertion that the space acquired was more than enough to handle two channels.

The acquisition of new office-cum-studio space, industry sources indicate, testifies that Broadcast News will be having more than one studio for various audiences and guest-based shows for its two channels.

Though Broadcast News will have its headquarters at Nodia, it will have a central studio in Delhi, apart from a central studio in Mumbai.

It is also expected that part of the CNBC TV 18 work could also be done at the Broadcast News studios in Noida. At present, TV18-CNBC combine runs two channels in India, the English language CNBC TV 18 and the Hindi language consumer channel Awaaz. The TV-18 offices and studio are located in Delhi's Jhandewalan area in central-west Delhi.

After moving into the glass-fronted building at Noida, Broadcast News, will have as neighbours Zee News, the Rajat Sharma promoted India TV, Moving Pictures, BAG Films' studio-cum-media school and Jagran TV Pvt. Ltd managed Channel 7, amongst some other studios.

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