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CNN-IBN & IBN7 line-up programming for Maharashtra & Haryana Elections

Beginning today, ‘Battle for the States’ on CNN-IBN and ‘Phir Ek Bar Modi Chamatkar?’ on IBN7 will run till October 19

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | October 1, 2014


After the completion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, the focus now shifts to the Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. While the BJP hopes to recreate its Lok Sabha poll magic in Maharashtra and Haryana, the Congress, which is the ruling party in both the states, is grappling with anti-incumbency. To highlight the ground reality of these poll bound states and the frame of mind of the voters, CNN-IBN and IBN7 have lined up special programming beginning today to October 19, 2014.

CNN-IBN’s ‘Battle for the States’ include special documentaries, ground reports, pre-poll/exit poll along with the most exhaustive Counting Day coverage will bring to its viewers the most detailed analysis on these elections ensuring that the viewers get a ringside view of the same.

The Battle for the States programming line-up will have CNN-IBN’s flagship documentary show 30 Minutes present two special episodes on Maharashtra and Haryana.

In other specials, CNN-IBN will be doing week-long programming titled ‘Eye on Mumbai’ which will focus on Mumbai and its political climate. CNN-IBN’s Mumbai Bureau Chief, Smitha Nair will anchor a prime time bulletin/segment every day for one week covering all the key election related stories from India’s financial capital. CNN-IBN has also planned a roundtable where Smitha will interact with the young politicians of Mumbai such as Priya Dutt, Poonam Mahajan, Aditya Thackeray & Milind Deora to know their take on the issues that might decide the way Mumbai will vote.

Another key component of the programming will be exclusive interviews with key political leaders from Maharashtra and Haryana such as Prithviraj Chavan, Nitin Gadkari, Uddhav Thackeray, Raj Thackeray, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, which will play under theNewsmakers Interviews series.

The channel will also be doing comprehensive Counting Day coverage to give the viewers minute by minute details of the results as they come in. CNN-IBN will also incorporate various social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook extensively to increase voter engagement and inculcate awareness among the voters.

CNN-IBN has also started a special campaign under the name ‘Are You Registered to Vote?’ which is focused on increasing awareness among voters to register for vote. This will be followed by ‘Go Vote Campaign’ starting a week prior to the Polling Day, which will have a special half-hour show with the Election Commissioner along with celebrity appeals and citizen journalists urging people to register and cast their vote.

‘Phir Ek Bar Modi Chamatkar?' on IBN7:

IBN7’s ‘Phir Ek Bar Modi Chamatkar?’ will bring a plethora of special shows and segment that will give the viewers the most detailed and in-depth coverage on the Assembly Elections of these poll-bound states, which will include pre-poll survey, interactive segments involving common citizens, profiling of politicians, special interviews, dedicated half-hour bulletins, exit-poll and counting day coverage. IBN7’s team of Editorial amplified by a versatile panel of eminent experts will decipher every nuance of these Assembly Elections. Some of the key political analysts to enrich the guest panel are Pradeep Singh, Tavleen Singh, Neelanjan Mokhopadhya, Ramesh Vinayak, Dhiraj Nayyar and Girish Kuber.

Apart from Pre-poll, post-poll and counting day programming, the other programming details on IBN7 are as follows:

Phir Ek Bar Modi Chamatkar?-Maharashtra & Haryana specials:  Two dedicated half an hour bulletins from 1st October highlighting the pre-election scenarios of these states. The channel will run special stories on the candidates, follow them in their campaign trails and try to read the minds of the electorate before election.

Under this special programming, there will be a reporter led people’s voice segment called ‘Chaupals-Voter Ki Pukar’ that will have the key candidates of these constituencies with LIVE audience. This special segment will include fast paced Q&A session involving politicians, people etc. Haryana special will go on air at 6:00 PM and Maharashtra special will go on air at 8:30 PM, everyday.

Senapati: Two half an hour specials to profile the CM aspirants of the poll-bound states of Haryana and Maharashtra. These shows are scheduled for 13th October.


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