Tony Jones to host Q & A in India

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In a first for the program, Tony Jones will host  Q&A India  broadcasting live from Gurgaon ”“ the business and commercial hub just south of the Indian capital New Delhi.

As usual, a large studio audience will ask the questions, but this time the audience will be made up of Australian and Indian citizens and the panel will feature leading figures from Indian political and cultural life including a Bollywood star! They’ll be talking Australia’s relationship with India, India’s economic development… and maybe even the cricket.  Q&A India  will be filmed at the  Kingdom of Dreams  entertainment centre.

Q&A India  will air live on ABC1 and ABC News 24 ”“ as well as on India’s national public broadcaster, Doordarshan ”“ on Monday 18th  November at 9.35pm AEDT.

This  Q&A  special has arisen out of a new partnership between ABC International and DD Direct, a direct-to-home satellite television service operated by India’s public broadcaster, Prasar Bharati. From mid-November, Australia Network will be available to approximately 25 million additional viewers across the Indian sub-continent. Next week, ABC International will also be launching a new website for India, ”“ the new digital home of the best of Australian content covering arts and culture, business, education, health, lifestyle, news and current affairs, science, sports, technology and travel. The website will be offering content in both English and Hindi, as well as an Indian news feed from Doordashan.

Executive Producer Peter McEvoy said: “We’re thrilled to be taking  Q&A  to India and to have the opportunity to bring Australian viewers an insight into India’s vibrant political culture.”

Q&A  is simulcast live around the country on ABC1, ABC News 24 and ABC News Radio. The Australia Network also broadcasts  Q&A  live into Southeast Asia and the Pacific at 9.35pmAEDT every Monday night.

Members of the public ”“ in Australia, India and around the world ”“ can get involved in  Q&Ain a variety of ways:

  • Register to be part of the  Q&A  live studio audience at;
  • Submit web / video questions for the panel, also at  (please note, video questions  for  Q&A India  need  to be submitted by Wednesday 13 November);
  • Contribute to the discussion via  Q&A’s Twitter highlights feed, using #qanda;
  • Follow @qanda on Twitter to receive first-hand updates about the program and panel members.



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