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Indian reporter wins hearts in the UK

MUMBAI: Birmingham-based Sangat TV is suddenly on everyone‘s radar due to its reporter Upinder Randhawa’s distinctive and live style guerrilla journalism in action.


Loaded with just a camera and microphone, Randhawa, moving around the city and broadcasting, has become a popular face during coverage of the riots and disorder in Birmingham this week. His emotional reporting over the city‘s condition, in the grip of rioters and looters, has struck a chord with television and social network audience alike.
 
    
  
"I don‘t care if I lose my life because at the end of the day it‘s about humanity," he said to viewers in a broadcast, appearing to be visibly distressed. "It‘s very emotional and ridiculous what I‘m
seeing."


The footage of his team giving cops a lift to chase a suspect has been shown by BBC, Sky and other outlets.


A Facebook page has now been started in his honour - "Upinder Randhawa from Sangat TV is a Legend". It is already liked by more than 5,500 people and admiration is pouring in from Indians across the globe.


The station was started on 1 September last year. It is a religious channel showing news and community-based programmes which rely on donations for funding.


The channel wanted to shift focus on news within two to five years, but now the station owners are expecting it to happen a lot sooner.

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