MUMBAI: We are just one day away from the new BJP government’s first and most crucial decision making exercise- Budget 2014. With much hope riding on it, questions are being asked as to whether Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi will stand true to the things he had promised while he was contesting the elections.
A channel that has made its presence felt since the last 14 years has lined up some interesting shows for pre budget and post budget sessions. CNBC TV-18 managing editor Shereen Bhan will host Meet the Ministers where she has been speaking to various cabinet ministers to know about their priorities for the upcoming year, most specifically finance and commerce ministers. What India Inc. Wants will analyse the business fraternity’s expectations from the Modi budget.
Dalal Street’s big names will discuss the upcoming budget in What Markets Want while the big names from the FIIs and MNCs will reveal their hopes and aspirations from the new political centre and its effect on business through The Global Investor View. Some other shows include Fiscal State, Taxing Times, The Development Agenda, Budget & You and Sectoral Budget Expectations.
These special shows will be accompanied by the channel’s existing shows that will have budget specials such as Young Turks, Indianomics, Forbes India Show and others.
Ground events are being conducted with big names from CNBC TV-18. Shereen Bhan will host Budget Agenda while Network18 business newsroom editor-in-chief Senthil Chengalvarayan will host What India Wants to collate a macro perspective on India Inc.’s expectations. What Markets Want will have leading market and financial experts analysing what the masses and the capital markets expect from the budget. Investor Conclave, Young India and The Verdict are two more ongoing shows.
Commenting on the budget programming, CNBC channels CEO Anil Uniyal said, “We are happy to set a new benchmark this year as well, with tri-lingual coverage for the first time in English, Hindi and Gujarati. This year’s budget is especially critical, as the new government has to fulfill electoral expectations of reform and development. Our special budget programming anchored by India’s finest editorial minds will bring viewers the best analysis of the challenges faced by the new Finance Minister and his decisions that will impact industry.”
10 July will have live coverage of the budget through the day with bulletins and specials such as India Business Hour- Budget Special and on 11 July, breakfast shows on CNBC TV-18 will analyse the impact of the budget and a follow up show that will look into how the budget announcements will affect the common man’s investments.
Sponsors for the shows include Llloyd Electrics, RPSG, askme.com, F6 Finserve, Muthoot Corp, State Bank of India.
CNBC-TV18 managing editor Shereen Bhan said, “With a keen finger on the pulse of India Inc's expectations and indications from the street, CNBC-TV18 is poised to present another defining season of budget coverage. Through a panorama of special programming and initiatives focusing on budget expectations, analysis and impact, CNBC-TV18 will once again ensure specialised coverage with the most breadth and depth, in the run up to and on budget day.”