The Channel [ V ] Experience
We were approached recently by the executive producer of Channel V to be part of their upcoming show ‘My India Report.’ Apparently the executive producer is an admirer of our blog. He was looking for people with a strong viewpoint or basically opinionated, so he got in touch with us.
We were flattered with the proposal and excited at the prospect of getting some publicity and visibility for the blog, and the concept of the show was innovative as well. We met up with the concerned people at Channel V, the top heads, who briefed us about the whole concept.
‘My India Report’ is about backpacking around India to major cities like Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore and so on and meet the youth of that city and collect their views/opinions on various topics like religion, sex, drugs, alcohol etc. Each one of us is given a handy cam and we had to randomly talk to people and question them on those topics.
At the end of it we have to give our own take on the subject and arrive at a formidable conclusion. The show tries to tap the very pulse of young India through bloggers, and yes, bloggers can also put updates while travelling. Overall, it was a great idea, and very tempting to be part of it as well.
Our second meeting with the associate director was like a reality check. He pointed out the fact that it would be fun as well as lot of hard work. We would be on camera everyday, and he would have to speak to as many people as we can in one day. He also asked us questions about us, our careers, our blog etc and how Channel V has used bloggers in the past for their shows or rock concert.
Now after the meeting we were slated to go for a screen test where by both of us were suppose to interview people on the road on any topic we liked. But the only problem here was getting approval for leave from work. The shoot was suppose to go on for 22-24 days, making it difficult for us to be away for so long. After giving it a good thought we decided to let go of this opportunity.
Nevertheless, it was a good experience and it felt wonderful to get appreciation and being considered for a bloggers’ show. Blogger’s can apply to take part in the show, although we do not watch Channel V so do not really know how this would be beneficial for your blog.
Probably you could squeeze in some time for pictures of the cities you cover and write about your experience later as there is a huge sheet to get filled from the youth, which does not seem really enticing, especially without any compensation.
Although the site will feature a video of you in their Blogumentary section, which does not contain a link to your blog so, this relationship does not really seem mutually beneficial, unless you fancy yourself on TV or Video.
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