Various news channels are ready to offer special treat to their viewers with New Year specials. Some of the channels like Star News, NDTV India, CNN-IBN, IBN7, NewsX, CNBC-TV18 and UTVi are featured here about what's special with them.
Star News year-end programming line up includes Jeet Gaye Jindgi, a special programme on the survivors of the 26/11 terror attacks; Saal Bhar Saughat which will talk about predictions on the special gifts that one can get in the year ahead; and Teen Deeviyan Special, monthly predictions for the New Year, which is already on air since December 26.
NDTV India's special line-up includes Gaana Number 1, which would be aired on December 31 and January 1 at 9:30 pm and 2:30 pm, respectively; Thaat Gayi Aath Mein on December 31 at 8:00 pm and on January 1 at 9:30 pm; sports year-ender Jeeten Hain Shaan Se on December 31 at 6:30 pm and January 1 at 1:30 pm; Shraddhanjali on December 30 at 10:30 pm and January 1 at 11.00 am; and Entertainment Unlimited starting on the midnight of December 29.
CNN-IBN will encapsulate the main events of 2008 in a series of year-end special shows. On December 31 at 8 pm, the channel will air a special show titled and conceptualised on the lines of the channel's philosophy of Whatever it Takes, which will recapitulate all major events, controversies and news that impacted the world and our lives in 2008.
On CNN-IBN, the other shows on December 31 include Ideas 2009 at 9:30 pm, Sports 365 at 7:30 pm, E-365 at 10 pm, World 365 at 6:30 pm, and The Year That Wasn't at 11:30 pm. On January 1 and 4, Cricket 365 and 's Advocate would be aired at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm, respectively.
Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief, IBN18 Network, said, "The year 2008 was an eventful year for India and the world, with some good and some not so good happenings. CNN-IBN with its year-end programming will capture and highlight some of the biggest happenings across the globe and the impact they have had on us."
IBN7 will feature a mix of Bollywood talks, entertainment, musical and humorous shows. A special show called Hanstey Hanstey will be telecast on December 31 at 10 pm and on January 1 at 10 am. Indian Idol Special would be aired on December 31. Then there will be a Zindagi Live - Balika Vadhu special on January 4 at 8 pm.
Ashutosh, managing editor, IBN7, commented, "We will welcome the New Year with an array of programme on IBN7, which have been especially designed keeping in mind our discerning viewers' choice. We have tried to create an innovative package for our audience that would entertain them and reignite their emotions with the year end special shows."
The series titled Reflections 2008 is NewsX's attempt to revisit the major happenings of 2008 through a series of six special shows, which commenced from December 26. Further adding to the content are the 15-minute sub-slots titled NewsX Newsmakers dedicated solely to people who have been in news.
The other shows on NewsX include Scoreboard (Sports) on December 30 at 11 pm; Curtain Call (Entertainment) on December 31 at 10 pm; and stories from around the globe on December 31 from 11 pm to 12:30 am.
On NewsX, the other shows that were aired between December 26 and 29 include Reflections' 08: Realpolitik (The Nation & Politics), Through the Glass, Darkly (A special series on Terror), Tectonic Shift (The world & Neighbours) and Not a Penny More (Business & Economy). Additionally, NewsX will repeat these six special shows every two hours on December 31, 2008 and January 1, 2009.
Arup Ghosh, head of news room, NewsX, said, "Reflections 2008 is not merely a satirical take on what has gone by, the series looks forward to what lies ahead. These shows have been put together by our research team after a thorough debate and analysis. In each programme, we have interwoven interview excerpts and expert bytes to validate our stand on each segment."
CNBC-TV18, India's leading English news channel, will host a slew of shows reviewing the year 2008 gone by and give a perspective on what to expect next year. Neel Chowdhury, vice-president, marketing, CNBC-TV18 and CNBC Awaaz, said, "The year 2008 has been an eventful year for all of us where we have seen the extremes in business and economy."
UTVi will air Eye on the Year, a three-part series. The first and second parts were aired on December 20 and 27, respectively, while the third part would be aired on January 3, 2009 at 9:30 pm. Then there is A to Z of Business a 10-part series, which has already gone on air from December 25. It's a year-end special show focusing on the road ahead for the various sectors in 2009.