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India Today Television announces news quiz show

Students from classes IX to XII from across the country will participate in the show to be hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai. The show, which has ‘life-lines’ like KBC, aims to encourage young minds to connect with news

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | July 4, 2016


India Today Television, a leading English news channel, recently announced the launch of its quiz show – News Wiz. The show, hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai, Consulting Editor of India Today Group, is designed by television producer-director Siddhartha Basu of Kaun Banega Crorepati and Dus ka Dum fame.

The show has Tata Motors as presenting sponsor. News Wiz will be an hour long show and will be aired every Sunday at 11 am, starting July 24.

News Wiz will see participation from students across the country from classes IX till XII. The channel has shortlisted 60 schools from an extensive list of 1,500 through an online test. The list was trimmed to 27 schools that will participate in the 13-episode series featuring three teams consisting of two participants in each episode.

The show adopts a similar format of ‘life-lines’ from Kaun Banega Crorepati. There will be a phone-in helpline where participants can seek help for their answers from a journalist of the concerned field. It has a web guide station where one team member can look up the answers and assist the other team member who will be attempting the question in an allotted time. Celebrities and news makers from all walks of life are expected to be special guests during the shows.

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Speaking on the show, Kalli Purie, Group Editorial Director (Broadcast and New Media), India Today Group, said, “At India Today TV, we have always strived to introduce fresh and innovative content on the channel. Our aim is to encourage bright young minds to dig deeper, learn more and connect with the news on a much larger and wider scale.”

Commenting on his association, Siddhartha Basu, said, “I am extremely happy to be associated with India Today TV, a channel for which I have great regard and look forward to a strong and fruitful relationship. Hosting and producing quiz shows has been an integral part of my life for over three decades. The launch of Newz Wiz is a major step that underlines the channel’s thought leadership and their consistent effort to break new grounds.”

Rajdeep Sardesai, Consulting Editor, India Today Group, said, “The show is a first-of-its-kind in the Indian news industry and it presents me with an exciting opportunity to become a quiz master for the first time in my journalistic career. The quiz show has a unique concept which is designed to educate and entertain the audience while keeping the focus on the ignited minds of the school going teenagers.”

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