India's top Television interview host Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN show The Last Word about media role in Indian news

New Delhi, October 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prurgent) CNN-IBN, India’s No.1 English news channel presents yet another unique show – ‘The Last Word’. Hosted by India’s best interviewer Karan Thapar, who will play the role of media’s ombudsman in the show.

‘The Last Word’ is an attempt to scrutinise the role of Indian media in covering news events. The half hour show starts this Friday, 22 October at 10 pm with a repeat telecast every Saturday, at 11:30 am & 5:30 pm only on CNN-IBN.

For the first time on Indian television, Karan Thapar will unravel the entangled web of media. The show will highlight the role of the media in context to the week’s big news story and look to find answers every week on issues that include: ‘How accurate & wise is the media’, ‘How do we understand the full impact of new media’, ‘Does the media have motives of its own’, ‘Shouldn’t journalists be accountable too’.

The show follows an interactive format wherein eminent personalities from the field of journalism and civil society will be invited to discuss the role of the media in context to the week’s big news story with Karan Thapar on the show. ‘The Last Word’ will not only focus on the print and television medium, but will also expand its horizons and ponder on other mediums such as radio, advertising, new age media such as the online world and social networking sites like Orkut, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Ahead of the launch of the show, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN Lokmat, commented “Since media has become an inevitable source of information trusted by millions it is imperative that the news disseminated is showcased responsibly and with absolute credibility. ‘The Last Word with Karan Thapar’ is an attempt to look inwards at the media and analyze their role and responsibility on specific issues of significance week on week.”

Network18 [BSE: 532798, NSE: Network18] is one of India's leading full play media conglomerates with interests in television, print, internet, filmed entertainment, mobile content and allied businesses. Through its holding in Television Eighteen India Ltd (TV18) [BSE: 532299, NSE: TV-18], Network18 operates India’s leading business news television channels, CNBC-TV18 and CNBC Awaaz. It also runs one of India’s largest Internet players - Web18, as well as one of India’s leading real time financial information and news terminals - Newswire18. TV18 has recently expanded into print with Infomedia18, a newly formed entity following the acquisition of Infomedia, India's leading player in the special interest publishing and printing operations space. TV18 has also announced collaboration with Forbes media for the launch of a business magazine in India. Through its holding in ibn18 Broadcast Ltd (ibn18) [BSE: 532800, NSE: ibn18], Network18 operates in the general news and entertainment space with leading general news channels CNN-IBN and IBN7 and has launched IBN Lokmat, a Marathi news channel in partnership with the Lokmat group. ibn18 also operates a joint venture with Viacom, called Viacom18 which houses the MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon channels in India - as also Studio18, the Group’s filmed entertainment operation and has launched ‘Colors’, a Hindi general entertainment channel. Additionally, Network18 holds the Group’s online & on-air home shopping venture, Homeshop18 and its full spectrum events management venture.

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