focustvkannadaThe Indian media will never let go of an opportunity to milk the most of the country's favourite event - elections. Channels know that it is a time when people switch over from other genres to news.

The Karnataka Assembly election 2018 is just around the corner and many broadcasters have recently launched new Kannada news channels to not miss out on the event. However, even national channels are cashing in. A bunch of channels was all launched in the last couple of months including iTV network’s NewsX Kannada, Focus group’s Focus TV Kannada and Swaraj express SMBC’s Swaraj Express Kannada.

Elections will be held on 12 May 2018 and the counting of votes and announcement of the result will take place on 15 May 2018.

Times Now has been covering the Karnataka elections for over two months with a series of ground reports and special debates. A special documentary series focusses on issues during this election right from the mining town of Bellary to the heartland of Mangaluru. The channel will track key leaders as they battle to retain their constituencies. 5:30 pm onwards, in association with VMR, it will release its exit poll. State of the art digital information gathering systems to sample a large number of voters will give an insight into how the state may shape out. In studio, a large number of senior journalists and political commentators will give their expert opinion on the result of the poll.

Times Now has planned a full-fledged programming of 16 hours on 12,13 and 14 May 2018 each and on 15 May it will be day long programming. 21 reporters have been spread out across Karnataka and Delhi.

CNN-News18 and News18 India have both lined-up extensive programming. CNN-News18 is airing shows under the branding ‘Battle for Karnataka’ and includes specials such as ‘Poll of Polls’ and ‘Reporters Project’ apart from special episodes of primetime shows – Viewpoint, Face-Off Tonight and News Epicentre hosted by executive editor Bhupendra Chaubey, deputy executive editor Zakka Jacob and political editor Marya Shakil, respectively.

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