British news icon makes debut on Indian TV
Tim Sebastian will play the moderator on a new debate show titled The Outsider to be co-produced by Kookie Gulati and Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s daughter
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 17, 2012)
Award winning British television journalist, Tim Sebastian is all set to make his small screen debut in India. Tim, best known for BBC’s HARDTalk and his powerful interviewing and debating style, will play moderator for a political and social issue based talk show aptly titled The Outsider.
“I think anyone dealing with social and political issues in India, is bound to find it different from anywhere else in the world. This is the largest democracy in the world – full of miracles, misfortunes and contradictions. Few in the West seem to understand how it works – which is why I came here,” Tim told Mirror.
Tim revealed he has always wanted to take up the challenge of ‘understanding India better’. “I wanted to listen to the voices of the people – especially young people – and to see if we can encourage cutting-edge political debate,” he added.
And considering, the famous journalist has “No bias, no political background and no favours to pay back”, he was the best choice for the show to be produced by a new production house SOBO – a joint venture of Kookie Gulati and Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s daughter Smuiti.
When contacted, Gulati told Mirror, “We have been importing show concepts for the Indian television. With SOBO, we wanted to do things differently. We were a big fan of Tim’s interviewing style. And he was really interested in India – the second fastest growing economy in the world.”
Explaining the concept for the show, Gulati added, “Students will be flown in from various parts of the country as the audience. A socially relevant topic will be discussed on each episode. Panellists will be invited depending on the topic. And Tim will be the moderator of the debate.”
Resul Pookutty has been roped in to engineer the sound. “The first show will be aired across Europe, Asia and Africa. We start filming on July 20,” revealed Gulati and added, “I will ask Tim to write me a Bollywood script. After all he is going to be here for a month.”
When asked about his role in the project, Tim said, “We have a team of researchers and an executive producer who make an initial choice of material, related to the topics. Then I make my own. We also contact experts to try and seek a range of different views.”
He revealed that his hotel room is now full of books and articles on the subcontinent. “I meet as many people as I can to extract insights, relevant question areas, facts and figures. Every show I’ve done has been research intensive. What you put into the preparation decides what you eventually get out. Long hours of work – but there are no shortcuts if you want to get results,” Tim added.
Excited about her television venture, Smruti added, “It is time for a fair debate without criticising anyone. And Tim is going to be an excellent moderator.” Tim will shoot for a month. He will again come back next month to complete the 13-episode series.
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