BBC Tamil TV news bulletins of regional and international news will be broadcast by Thanthi TV in Tamil Nadu, India, thanks to a partnership between BBC World Service and Thanthi TV.
At 19.30 local time (14.00 GMT) Monday to Friday, Thanthi TV viewers will be able to watch dynamic, concise news bulletins with BBC’s coverage of top international stories of the day.
BBC World Service is the first international broadcaster to offer Tamil-language TV content. The BBC Tamil TV programme draws on the BBC’s global newsgathering presence across the world, covering politics, economy, business, entertainment, culture and human-interest stories.
BBC Tamil Editor, Manivannan Thirumalai, says: “The pioneering launch of the Tamil TV news bulletin is a milestone for the Tamil-language international broadcasting, once again demonstrating the BBC’s commitment to regional audiences. We are thrilled to be offering our new TV programming to viewers in Tamil Nadu thanks to our collaboration with Thanthi TV. We are looking forward to serving our audiences with this new TV content which builds on the values of independence, accuracy and unbiased reporting that have won the BBC the trust of its audiences.”
Vijayan, COO of Thanthi TV, has welcomed the addition of the BBC Tamil news coverage to the channel’s weekday schedule: “Being one of the largest media conglomerates in India and the pioneer in Tamil news, Thanthi Group can partner only organisations with best practices of responsible journalism, such as BBC World Service and BBC Tamil. Thanthi TV, the leading Tamil news TV channel, takes pride in bringing BBC Tamil news to millions of discerning viewers in Tamil Nadu as part of our endeavour to provide them with best news service.”
The BBC Tamil presenter Sangeetha Rajan adds: “I am proud to be bringing the BBC news to our audiences. I hope very much that viewers of Thanthi TV will make an appointment to view our bulletins, to keep abreast of key world developments with the world’s most trusted international broadcaster.”
The new TV programming adds to the BBC Tamil content available on radio, online via bbctamil.com and via mobile devices. BBC Tamil is part of BBC World Service.