Showing responsible intent, TIMES NOW suspends Counting Day coverage on May 2; to focus on COVID-19

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In a demonstration of responsible intent, TIMES NOW, the 24-hour English news channel owned and operated by The Times Group, has announced it is suspending the Counting Day results coverage for Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry on May 2 in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India.

In  a statement explaining the suspension, TIMES NOW said, “Our nation faces its biggest health emergency in a century. Each one of us has now experienced the devastation and loss the pandemic has brought home or very close to it.

“And there is right indignance amongst citizens at large, that the second wave would have been better controlled had we avoided 2 of the mega risk events in the last 2 months – Kumbh Mela and Elections in 5 states in normal campaigning mode.

While we acknowledge that the 5 State Elections results are of interest to our homebound viewers, we at Times Now – India’s Election News Headquarters – have decided to suspend our usual special election coverage on May 2.

We will also refrain from covering poll-related celebrations as a symbolic gesture of our disagreement with the untimeliness of this activity.

As we continue our crusade of Fighting Fear with Facts, we will keep COVID-19 as our main priority and focus on COVID-related news reports, the latest on the progress of the universalized vaccination drive, information on helplines and interaction with healthcare and mental wellness experts: TIMES NOW

“As the wave keeps climbing, with it claiming more innocent lives, it is clear that there has been serious lapse in leadership at all levels – across the political spectrum. It is unfortunate that our institutions have also failed us leading to the current state of disarray, anguish and all round panic.


“True to our promise of triggering affirmative action as enshrined in our purpose statement, Action Begins Here, we will continue to raise our voice literally and figuratively to show light to the guiding hands of our Leadership in improving our National condition. Indeed, that is our patriotic duty too.

“While we acknowledge that the 5 State Elections results are of interest to our homebound viewers, we at Times Now – India’s Election News Headquarters, have decided to suspend our usual special election coverage on May 2. We will also refrain from covering poll-related celebrations as a symbolic gesture of our disagreement with the untimeliness of this activity.

“As we continue our crusade of Fighting Fear with Facts, we will keep COVID-19 as our main priority and focus on COVID-related news reports, the latest on the progress of the universalized vaccination drive, information on helplines and interaction with healthcare and mental wellness experts.

To keep viewers informed on the election results and with due respect for the Democratic process wherein 20% of our population has participated in the sacred ritual of voting in the last month, we will carry flash news updates on the counting and results,” the statement concluded.