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Always First. always right: Counting Day with CNN-News18 and News18 India

Channels line-up unparalleled programming for the judgment day

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MUMBAI: As the entire nation and the political parties await the verdict of the fiercely contested General Elections, CNN-News18 and News18 India are set to present the most exhaustive reportage of the Counting Day on 23rd May. The channels have lined-up special programming initiatives to keep the viewers apprised of the latest trends and major developments across the country.

In line with the legacy of bringing innovations in the programming, the News18 Network has also deployed ‘Magic Wall’ – an analytical tool that uses artificial intelligence for election programming and result presentation. Powered by research done at the constituency level by the extensive News18 network, this innovative tool will produce accurate data, do a quick comparative analysis of the trends vis-a-vis the previous poll results, winning and losing candidates, their margins, emerging giant-killers and percentages. The proprietary technology will deliver an impactful and engaging news viewing experience for the viewers.

Bringing a seamless blend of technology and creativity, CNN-News18 and News18 India will extensively utilize Augmented and Virtual reality technology to provide appealing and enhanced coverage. The channels will aim to be the ultimate news destination with more than 2000 reporters across all counting centers and constituencies sharing up-to-the-minute updates. The Network has also developed a massive elections hub in Hyderabad which will serve as end-to-end data collection, processing and dissemination center leading to precise and authentic results.

Commencing at daybreak, the programming will start at 6AM on the channels and will aim to bring the fastest, first reactions and a 360-degree view throughout the day until the final results are declared. Offering a combination of live reportage, real-time updates on seat tally, the Counting Day coverage on both the channels will keep a close track of the trends and provide in-depth analysis and implications of the results.

Leading the reportage on CNN-News18, Executive Editor Bhupendra Chaubey and Editor - Output Zakka Jacob will be joined by a panel of renowned experts such as Swapan Dasgupta, Vir Sanghvi, Ajoy Bose, Surjit Bhalla, Rasheed Kidwai, Advaita Kala, Sanjaya Baru, Rahul Verma and Pratham Mittal to name a few. On News18 India, Deputy Managing Editor Kishore Ajwani and Executive Editor Amish Devgan will be supported by prominent political analysts and journalists like Neha Pant, Ram Kripal Singh, Shesh Narayan Singh and Prateek Trivedi who will be doing extensive on-ground coverage of the Counting Day getting moods and reactions from across the nation.

With the biggest newsmakers, the best anchors and the finest panel of experts CNN-News18 and News18 India aim to be the most sought after news destination as the world’s largest democracy awaits its next government.

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