BBC to launch World News Today for South Asians

MUMBAI: BBC World is eyeing the South Asian and Indian audiences. The channel is launching a South Asia-focused edition of World News Today as part of its plan to establish a regular branded hour-long news programme.

Slated to kick off on 23 July, the prime time show at 9.30 pm will be an 'addition to the local news, which needs global attention.' It will leverage the resources that BBC has in all the South Asian countries especially India.

Presented by the reputed BBC World news presenter Nik Gowing, the show slotted for all week days will have a mix of politics, business, entertainment, sports, crime, art and culture in its content.

"India is an extra-ordinary place with unexpected events happening at all the time. India and Indians are currently making news across the globe in areas as diverse as business, finances, arts and cinema. World News Today strives to bring BBC World viewers across South Asia the latest international headlines with impartial analysis, insights and global perspectives on news stories that are of relevance to them," Gowing said while addressing the press in Mumbai.

BBC World head of news Richard Porter said, "World News Today will be compulsory viewing for anyone who wants to keep on top of global news and current affairs in India. It continues to support the strap line 'What effects the world effects you'."

Gowing said that the common man on the street is real observer of what is happening in the society. They provide the journalist with the basic facts and real reports of incidents. The journalists only verify the facts and present it to the world. This is based on the basic principles of connecting with the people, which 'shortens the time'.

However Gowing seemed apprehensive about using blogs as the programme content. He said, "Definitely blogs provide valuable source and information. But they are too personalised and partial in nature."

Commenting on the present stature of 'sensationalising and dramatising' news by the Indian TV news channels, Nik said, "Any important news irrespective of being good or bad is broadcast. News is about getting the basic facts without dramatising the event or the incidents."

Latest Reads
U Sports aims to launch Indian e-sports federation

With an aim to make India a serious player globally, U Sports founder Ronnie Screwvala and its co-founder and CEO Supratik Sen are discussing with the Ministry of State, Youth Affairs and Sports India to form the official e-sports federation of the country.

Television TV Channels Sports
Dura Cement replaces Kingfisher as RCB’s associate sponsor

Kingfisher and Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) have parted ways after a successful 10-year sponsorship sprint at the Indian Premier League (IPL). The associate sponsor slot has nowbeen taken over by Dura cement replacing Kingfisher. As part of the deal, the Dura branding will appear on the back...

Television TV Channels Sports
‘This World: Colombia with Simon Reeve’ on BBC World News

Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to one of the most spectacular countries in the world - Colombia. For 50 years, Colombia has been in the grip of a brutal civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced seven million. But in late 2016, a peace deal was signed promising...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
The 90th Oscars exclusively on Star Movies and Star Movies Select HD on 5th March

Star Movies has been the official Home of the Oscars in India for 20 years. The Oscars® is famous for the red carpet walks, celebrities setting new style trends, recognizing the best performances and craftsmanship and creating iconic moments for the world to see. That’s not all, Oscars is also...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
News18 India Chaupal comes to Mayanagri mumbai

As the debates and discussions continue after the highly anticipated Union Budget 2018, political fervor in the country is at an all-time high. In line with its commitment to raise right issues and lead discussions, News18 India, the disruptive Hindi news channel of Network18 is all to host the...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Catch the 1st international Bangla Cinema Carnival, organized by SVF, on Star Jalsha this sunday evening

SVF, Eastern India’s largest movie production house recently organized an international Bengali cinema carnival in Bangkok with much fanfare. The star-studded, glitzy carnival, held in the Thailand capital, will air exclusively on Star Jalsha this coming Sunday (February 25), a must-watch for...

Television Production House Film Production
Emeli Sande to perform at Laureus World Sports Awards

World-renowned singer songwriter Emeli Sandé is set to wow the guests of next week’s Laureus World Sports Awards, the premier global sports awards honouring the highest achieving sportsmen and women across all sports each year.

Television TV Channels Sports
Scary times for horror shows

MUMBAI: Ssshhhh…koi hai is today the trademark dialogue of any horror-related conversation, thanks to the namesake show some years ago. In the early years of television in India, when the genres were just adapting, horror was a popular resort for producers (even films). The horror escapades of the...

Television TV Channels GECs
RIL to buy 5% in Eros; cos to set up $150 mn content fund

MUMBAI: Continuing its media march, which is also an indication of further disruptions in the Indian and global entertainment industry, the USD 51 billion Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is all set to acquire 5 per cent equity stake in NYSE-listed Eros International Plc (Eros) and jointly set up a $...

Television Production House Film Production

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories