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News broadcasters churn out special programming for IPL 8

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MUMBAI: India Ka Tyohaar - the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 8 kicks off with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) hosting Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. However, cricket in India is not only limited to the field or stadiums, news broadcasters too have geared up full throttle to provide expert opinions, reviews and previews, off the field gossip and franchisee owners’ reactions right through the league.

All major news channels have come up with exclusive programming for the multimillionaire sporting league.

NDTV 24/7 has a strong line-up to ensure its viewers do not miss any IPL action. On weekdays at 7:30 am and 7 pm, the channel will air a discussion show with Dean Jones and Sunil Gavaskar. While on weekends, one additional 3 pm show will be aired. The shows will also have match highlights, analytical stories, graphics and feature stories on the IPL.

An NDTV India spokesperson said, “After some serious cricket, it’s time for cricketainment and IPL 8 is the perfect platform for that. NDTV India has lined up a slew of IPL special programming with a blend of glamour and entertainment. As the name implies Bindas Cricket will bring to its viewers all the action and reactions, glamour and glitz and the highs and lows of both the entertainment and cricket worlds. We shall showcase all this, three times a day at 8:30 am, 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm on NDTV India.”

NewsX and India News from the iTV Network stable will showcase Summer Storm-IPL Season 8 and Run Jhamajham, respectively. Under this 44-days long extensive programming, there will be special segments on IPL, twice a day at 5:30 pm and 11:30 pm on NewsX and 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm on India News.

CNN-IBN & IBN7 is all set to capture the action and excitement of the 47 day long tournament with extensive programming to provide viewers 360 degree view of this mega cricketing event. Kiran More and Shishir Hattangadi will be the dignitaries in the panel of experts.

Cricketainment on CNN-IBN and Runutsav on IBN7 will bring to its viewers all the latest updates and insights on this cricketing extravaganza with an unrivalled spread of shows through the entire duration of the tournament.

Hindi news channel ABP News has also come up with a special segment titled 20-20 Ka King Kaun, which will be aired through the tournament.

While the teams fight it out on the ground, news channels too with their programming, are leaving no stones unturned to make this season an exciting one!

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