Leading Indian news channels in UK have broken away from regular programming for updates on a fire, which has engulfed the main stage at the cultural event ‘Make In India’.
NDTV 24×7’s ‘We The People’ live programme was disrupted, with host Barkha Dutt handing over to its main evening anchors to give viewers further updates. ‘We The People’ will now be re-scheduled for another time.
Aaj Tak gave updates from its reporters on-location, while other channels spoke over the phone.
Times Now was one of the first to speak to Sabbas Joeseph, the organiser of the event.
ABP News and News18 India did not switch to rolling coverage immediately. It updated viewers via its scrolling on-screen ticker.
See the moment below when the fire eruped during a performance at ‘Make In India’
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Our sister site, BizAsia Showbiz reported that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao were present at the event. Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Aamir Khan were there during the event. All of the well-known names, Ministers, artistes and audiences were evacuated from the area. The whole stage is thought to have caught fire – possibly due to the fireworks stored nearby for a display later – after the Laavni dance took place.