CNN News18 revamps primetime schedule

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CNN News18 is upping its game with a tweaked primetime schedule starting this week.

The shows, which have gone live today will see ‘Face Off At 9’ taking the 21:00 slot and ‘Viewpoint’ at 22:00 slot. They will be hosted by deputy executive editor Zakka Jacob and executive editor Bhupendra Chaubey. It is also planning to launch several other shows within the next couple of weeks.

‘Face-Off At 9# will witness a face-off between the biggest newsmakers on the top story of the day to bring out key insights on the same without drowning the same out in unnecessary noise. The show will capture various facets of the story to help viewers to form their own informed opinions. Viewpoint – an interactive and participative show will explore various views on the day’s top news stories that will endeavour to disrupt the standard formats seen on news television.

The show will cover the top five stories of the day and feature discussions with guests on the same. The show will also connect with viewers through social media and on-ground different locations to bring the people’s viewpoint to the debate and will continue to map their sentiments till the end and will bring out the truth, driven by facts and not by any agenda.

A+E Networks TV18 managing director and Network 18 president Avinash Kaul said, “As the leading channel in the category, we have always believed in continuously re-imagining and re-inventing our offering to make it more relevant to our viewers. The launch of these shows is a manifestation of our commitment to constantly innovate to not only capture our viewers’ interest but also to create impact through our news.”

CNN-News18 managing editor Radhakrishnan Nair said, “We have always pushed the envelope in bringing our viewers differentiated content and formats. The new shows that we are launching are a reflection of our viewers’ expectations from us to continue to raise the quality of the news content that we offer – especially in terms of the credibility and substance of the debates and in-studio discussions that form the mainstay of prime time news television today.”

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