The BBC’s India Election Train and its team of journalists arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday , 28th April 09, the third destination on a three week journey across India. Reporting to the world, in 12 languages, across 14 BBC services, they are investigating the stories and personalities behind India’s forthcoming election.
Along the way, the BBC will investigate a variety of topics, with a key one being India’s response to the current economic crisis. Others include: entrepreneurial culture in the state of Gujarat; globalisation, India’s economic and security issues Mumbai; the IT industry, e-governance and marginalisation in Hyderabad; the influence of Maoist insurgents in Bhubaneshwar; India’s youth and their take on the modern world in Kolkata and the urban– rural divide, caste wars and organised crimes in politics in Patna and Allahabad.
The BBC train is traveling from Delhi to Mumbai via Ahmedabad on the second leg of the trip, before moving on to Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata (Calcutta), Patna and Allahabad, before returning to Delhi.
On board the train are journalists working for BBC World Service English, BBC Hindi, BBC Urdu, BBC Tamil, BBC Bengali, BBC Chinese, BBC Vietnamese, BBC Burmese, BBC Somali, BBC Swahili, BBC World News, BBC Arabic television, BBC Persian TV and BBC.Com/news.
Mark Perrow, Assignment Editor, BBC World News, who is leading the project, says: “The BBC’s India Election Train is an excellent way to get as close as we can to real people across India, and helps us pool our resources to create the best possible multimedia coverage of this vast election. Over the next three weeks, we’ll be visiting a diverse range of communities across the country, finding out what really matters to them.”
BBC Global News includes BBC World Service radio, BBC World News and the BBC’s international facing online news services, and provides a focal point for viewers and listeners around the world. Together, these services attract a combined global weekly audience of over 233 million. In addition, the division covers BBC Monitoring and the BBC World Service Trust. BBC Global News’ aim, under the leadership of its Director Richard Sambrook, is to be the world’s best known, most creative and most respected voice in international news.
Regular radio reports for World Service English will broadcast on ‘Newshour’ (1305 GMT), ‘Evening Report’ (1400 GMT), and ‘World Briefing’ (throughout the day from 0105 GMT). In addition, George Arney will co-present ‘The World Today’ (0300-0500 GMT, 0600-0830) live from the train on 30 April in Mumbai, 8 May in Kolkata, 12 May in Allahabad and 15 May ii Delhi.
Television reports from Karishma Vaswani and Tinku Ray will be broadcast throughout the day on BBC World News, with special reports targeting the Asia audience airing on the ‘World News Today’ programmes at 1300GMT and 1600 GMT.