Raj TV launches four primetime shows

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Media Publishing | February 09, 2010
The Tamil Nadu based GEC has introduced a mix of fiction and reality shows for its primetime offering

Raj TV, the Tamil Nadu based general entertainment channel (GEC), has revamped its programming lineup and has launched a slew of fiction and non-fiction shows during its primetime band, starting February.

The channel, in a bid to strengthen its programming lineup, has introduced four new shows that include a mix of fiction and non-fiction offerings for its 7:30-10 pm slot.

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For its 7:30-8 pm slot in the daily offering from Monday to Friday, the GEC has a new show called Karnamanjari. It is a fiction show which revolves around a not so well off family. The channel has also introduced a new leg of the 30-minute daily mythological offering, titled Jai Shri Krishna, where the protagonist, Krishna, will now be a teenager. The show, Jai Shri Krishna, is picked from Colors as a part of the syndication deal signed between the two GECs.

For the 8 pm slot, the channel has brought forward Raj New Bulletin, the daily news capsule, by 30 minutes. The channel has upped its reality content and has launched two talent hunt shows. Airtel Top Jodi, a dance reality show, is aired for one hour from Monday to Wednesday at 8:30 pm. The show is an attempt to find the best dancing couple in the state (Tamil Nadu), where the contestants compete with small screen actors for the title of the Best Dancing Couple.

For the 8:30 pm slot on Thursdays and Fridays, the channel has launched a singing competition, Nokia Youth Singer, in which 20 students from across Tamil Nadu will compete for the title of Best Singer. For the 9:30 pm slot, there is a daily sitcom titled Veetukku Veedu, being aired from Mondays to Fridays.

Amit Bose, vice-president, programming, Raj TV, says, "There was a lull on the channel for a few months. It was time to reinvent and give some freshness to the channel as well as the viewers. The purpose of launching these programmes, sincerely, is to keep our viewers happy." The channel is promoting the new offerings on its network channels, too.

Raj TV, which till now focussed on housewives, children and families, plans to expand its audience base to include the youth as well. For this purpose, it plans to launch more youth centric shows in the near future.