Mumbai : BBC World News’s flagship programme Global with Matthew Amroliwala will be broadcasting live from Delhi this month marking Republic Day and US President Barak Obama’s visit.
Global’s three days of live broadcasts, from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th January, come as the BBC’s international services launch a three month season of new content across TV, radio and online which includes a raft of Indian focused programming.
Also that week, World Have Your Say, BBC World Service’s international debate and discussion show will be broadcasting from Delhi on Friday January 30th.
‘A Richer World’ is the BBC’s latest pan service global season, with BBC World News TV (WN), BBC.com/news and BBC World Service (WS) examining whether better health, increased wealth and greater prosperity is leading to more equality across the globe or whether the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer.
The season opens with a live TV debate from the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland on January 23rd on BBC World News TV and then will move around the world offering a huge variety of programmes, online reports, news features, graphics, short films, social media call-outs and debates across January, February and March.
Life in emerging markets such as China, India and countries across Africa will be put in the spotlight together with more established economic powers such as the USA.
With a dedicated website at bbc.com/richerworld, a hashtag #bbcricherworld and features on the Facebook pages, the services’ global audience will be encouraged to participate. Whether it’s sharing the contents of their fridges to discuss consumption patterns, suggesting the best night clubs in East Africa or taking part in radio or TV debates their experiences and thoughts will be represented.
Launching the season Director of World Service Group Fran Unsworth said:
“The Richer World Season brings together the best of our international services to provide dynamic, engaging content for our 265 million viewers and listeners around the world. With projects such as Soup and Fridgeonomics the teams bring creative new angles to hard and soft news stories that affect people around the world. The BBC occupies a unique position – only we have the worldwide expertise, from our World Service journalists to our global newsgathering teams, to deliver seasons like this.”
Highlighting the BBC’s Indian content, Naveen Jhunjhunwala COO, BBC Global News Ltd commented:
“The BBC has been broadcasting to and from India since the 1930s – people started relating to BBC via the World Service Radio, and we were one of the first to broadcast news. We are very proud of our channel’s heritage here and our continuing relationship with Indian viewers. This season of dynamic, engaging content delivered across all platforms reaffirms our editorial and business commitment to this important market, as we work to tell the Indian story around the world.”