Keeping the national and global Tamil audience in mind, News7Tamil, a 24X7 Tamil News Channel, will be launched later this month.
Introducing members of the Editorial Board of the channel, Rajesh Sundaram, head of News7Tamil, said that the channel, launched by a prominent mining firm V V Group, will target Tamil audience in India and those living across the globe, including the diaspora from other countries.
The channel has also roped in to compose music for news headlines and other news items.
The Editorial Board has seven members, including Nick Walshe (former head of Newsgathering of AlJazeera English, previously a reporter and editor with ITN of London and the BBC), R Bhagwan Singh (Executive Editor – Deccan Chronicle, Chennai). I am also part of this Board,” Sundaram told reporters here.
“The News7Tamil Editorial Board will work independently within an institutionalised mechanism to firewall the channel’s editorial content from both external and internal influences,” he said.
They will target the Tamil diaspora from other countries spread across the globe.
“In Canada, around one million Tamil people are residing. Besides, they are also living in several countries. With an aim to bring news for them, we are going to launch News7Tamil channel later this month,” he added.
The company has already entered into an agreement with the cable service providers of Singapore and Malaysia and would follow the other geographies.
“We will first launch in India and then focus on other geographies. We will have special bulletins as per the respective countries suitable to the local timing,” Sundaram said.
Walshe further said that the news channel would integrate its programmes with the social media platforms as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter etc following AlJazeera model.
According to management, the channel will be distributed in all major markets overseas soon after its launch in India.