plans extensive coverage of the Pakistan Elections
BBC is planning a series of special programmes and exclusive interviews
and news stories for its television, radio and online services to
cover this week's elections in Pakistan.
World's Lyse Doucet will be joining Zaffar Abbas, the organisation's
Islamabad correspondent, to anchor live election special editions
of Asia Today which will carry the results live. The BBC South Asia
Correspondent Adam Mynott will be reporting, together with Pakistan
based correspondent Susannah Price, from across the country. The
former Delhi Bureau Chief Mike Wooldridge is returning to his old
patch to lead the BBC World Service's radio and on-line coverage.
The BBC operation is the biggest of any foreign broadcaster in the
country. It will be offering unrivalled reports and analysis of
the poll, the results and the consequences for a country trying
to prove its democratic credentials.
the special reports compiled by the BBC's team are an exclusive
report on the government's attempts to control the Tribal areas,
the rise of the Islamic parties, the impact of the Afghan war on
the country's stability, the task ahead for President Musharraf
and the claims by opposition groups that the polls are neither truly
free or fair.
The BBC's South Asia Bureau Editor Paul Danahar says "The scale
of our operation dwarfs that of any other foreign broadcaster in
the region. Yet again we are deploying more people and covering
more issues than any of our competitors, which reflects our much
greater commitment to covering the region's big news stories on
the ground, as they happen. Our audience in South Asia trusts the
BBC on these big occasions and we are determined to continue to
deliver the region's best international news service."
BBC World television will broadcast an Asia Today special report
on the Elections in Pakistan on Thursday 10th October at 0630, 0730,
0830 PST and on the same times on Friday 11th October.
Online analysis go to www.bbcnews.com
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