Times Now has announced a programming line-up for the upcoming assembly elections under Mandate 2018, with an exclusive association with CNX Media.
The channel will use big data analytics and mathematical models, tracking assembly elections in five states — Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana. The programme started on November 1 and will continue till December 11.
The channel’s team is led by Rahul Shivshankar, Editor-in-Chief and Navika Kumar, Managing Editor, with a panel of former journalists and political analysts including Neerja Chowdhury, senior journalist, R Rajagopalan, senior journalist, Sanjeev Shrivastava, political analyst, Saba Naqvi, senior journalist, Shehzad Poonawala, political analyst, Rajeev Desai, political analyst, Ashutosh Mishra, senior journalist, Rashid Kidwai, senior journalist, R Jagannathan, senior journalist and Abdul Razzak, political analyst, who will analyse every move of the election for the viewers.
The programming line-up includes:
Pre-Poll Surveys: Every Thursday, from 6pm to 8pm, the channel will broadcast a set of Opinion Polls for an in-depth analysis of high-quality data on voting, public opinion and political participation.
Inside: A weekend magazine show that started on November 3 at 11:30am will bring viewers close to the heat and hustle of the elections and candidates will delve in detail about the issues in each of the five states. The show will follow top candidates and attempts to bring to the viewers the issues that the voters are facing.
Exit Poll: With the final state casting votes on December 7, the channel will broadcast the exit polls from 5:30 pm. The polls will map 639 seats across five states and later, the data will be processed to call a projection for a state.
Result Day (Live): December 11, 6.00 am onwards, the channel will bring Result Day Live, a new age look at election result analysis, moving away from the traditional analysis like swing and vote patterns. Featuring election data analyst and psephologist Jai Mrug, the channel will bring several properties that help viewers understand the sentiments of voters and why the result has shaped the way it is.