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BBC to broadcast India specials across TV, radio and online

MUMBAI: BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC.com/news will be delivering an array of content examining all aspects of India’s business, political and cultural life.

The season will launch with ‘India Rising’, a pan-BBC News day of content delivered by reporters based in India working with journalists from the Business and Economics unit, on 27 August.

For BBC World News TV, business editor Kamal Ahmed will report live from Delhi. He will look at how Prime Minister Modi’s reforms have progressed and how UK companies are faring.

There will be a round-up edition of ‘India Business Report’.

Meanwhile, listeners on BBC World Service will hear from the correspondents as well as Indian economist and philosopher Amartya Sen. Business Daily will explore the need for investment to help provide new opportunities for the millions living in poverty.

There will also be content on BBC.com/news including animations, video and explainers to help audiences understand the data and what it means for India.

BBC World Service English controller Mary Hockaday said, “With India’s economic performance under the spotlight, this is the perfect time to take an in-depth look at the country’s rapidly evolving business and financial landscape from successes to areas of challenge, and focus on the people whose daily lives underpin the economy. For our listeners in India and around the world, we’ll also be discussing India’s dynamic arts scene, its wonderful food culture, and the importance of education for the next generation of growth.”

The content will further engage with the audiences using social media via the hash tag #indiarising2015.

The focus on India will continue over the following months with content across BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and online at bbc.com/news.

In terms of the World Service season content, it will air ‘Business Matters’ from 1 to 4 September.

Coming live from India with four special programmes, it will explore new opportunities in digital India, women’s employment, minority communities and the impact of rapid growth on India’s agriculture. Presenter Anu Anand will be in Delhi while Rahul Tandon is set to broadcast from Kolkata. Throughout the four days, Business Matters will invite audiences in India to give their tips on which new businesses are reshaping India via #indiarising2015.

The broadcaster will also present ‘The Food Chain’, the World Service’s award-winning series which looks at the economics, science and culture of what we eat. It will explore the connection between faith, politics and food in Indian society. The episodes will air in late August and early September. Presented by Anu Anand, the programme will also examine India’s supply chain and how the country is feeding its growing population and tackling the problem of food waste.

‘Newshour Extra’ on 11 September will be presented by Owen Bennett-Jones. He will look at the unprecedented demand for education across the developing world including India. The programme will ask if we need to change the way we educate our children.

‘The Arts Hour’ on 19 September with Nikki Bedi will present a special edition on how tolerant Indian culture is of new ideas. Bedi will be joined by leading and emerging cultural figures to discuss the question in front of a local audience in Delhi.

Another show will be presented on 13 September titled ‘Incarnations’. Professor Sunil Khilnani from the King’s India Institute in London will tell the life stories of great characters from Indian history over three programmes.

‘Global Beats’ in October will capture the dynamism of India’s up-and-coming musical talent.

The BBC World News season content will include ‘Global with Matthew Amroliwala’.

‘Talking Business’ will air on 30 October where corporate leaders, global investors, top creatives, entrepreneurs and intellectuals gather together weekly to discuss and analyse the issues and trends that most affect how business has to work in today’s world.

Each week, business correspondents take their turn to host the programme in the business capital they know best. In this edition, Yogita Limaye will be hosting from Mumbai.

Airing in September will be a four part series, ‘The World’s Busiest Railway’. Dan Snow, Anita Rani, Robert Llewellyn and John Sergeant will explore the world’s busiest railway from their base at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, as they reveal the science and systems behind the supersized transport operation.

Another four part series airing in August/ September is ‘The East India Company – Its Rise and Fall’. Dan Snow will travel through India in the footsteps of the company that laid the foundations of today’s global trading systems. Using the letters and diaries of the men and women who were there, the documentary tells the story of the East India Company.