New Delhi Television (NDTV), promoted by Prannoy Roy,
which is readying to go live from 1 April 2003, is said
to be opening a large Mumbai bureau, in fact as big as
its New Delhi bureau.
is also understood to have increased its staff strength
from the current 45 to almost 100 in Mumbai and is transferring
a large number its prominent reporters and TV anchors
Jain will be heading the Mumbai operations while Abhigyan
Prakash, Shivnath Thukral, Nikhunj Dalmia, Barnali Mukherjee,
Radhika Bordia and Sonia Verma have been relocated to
plans to directly telecast specialised bulletins throughout
the day from Mumbai which will later be encapsulated in
two prime-time newscasts, one in Hindi and the other in
NDTV will telecast daily business news including stock
market specials, a metro show, a crime watch, and entertainment
and Bollywood news from Mumbai.
sources say the focus on Mumbai is meant to take on Star
News channel, which will also start beaming programmes
from 1 April. Star News has shifted its focus to Mumbai
and has made Mumbai its headquarters for news.
this reflects on the growing importance of Mumbai as a
city parallel to New Delhi, it also speaks volumes about
the growing importance of privately owned business and
the financial sector for ordinary citizens.