29 October, 2020

Riz Khan

The CNN news anchor says he has brought a bit of BBC to the US network

Riz Khan
Is your knowledge about India adequate?
I do try to keep abreast. But half the feel comes from being on the ground.

Any special preparations before arriving here to present the election news?
Not really. The western media devotes little space to India. It is the EU, American politics, mad cow disease all the way. It is difficult to get specific information about India when you're outside.

What do you think of the Indian Government's refusal to let private broadcasters uplink?
It's no problem. There is much more freedom in India than in most other developing nations. True, there's a huge bureaucracy here. That's a problem.

After being with the BBC for nine years, wasn't the shift to CNN tough?
The pace, the energy, the workload was much higher at CNN. It was tough to adjust.

What did you do to tide over?
I changed my style. I had to pep up.

So you've left your BBC days far behind?
On the contrary, I've brought a bit of BBC to CNN. I am not a typical American network...


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