Noida: After Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win Javelin throw gold medal at Asian games, ABP news wanted to host a special debate on his stupendous achievement.
As they didn’t get a single expert on Javelin throw, news anchor managed the debate with BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra who became a makeshift ‘Javelin expert’.
“We are thankful to Sambit for considering our request, other than Arnab he does not listen to anyone,” said one of the director of the news channel.
The director added, “Actually there was no plan for a debate on this subject, but our rival channels were already hosting debates on this. Our boss called me to say, for TRP sake, we have to do something.”
“We desperately tried reaching some experts by going through the profiles on Justdial, but they were charging a bomb. Some people agreed, but to bring them here to studio or our camera crew to reach their house, not possible in the prime hours like 8 PM when so much traffic is there on road,” he said.
“I was in the neighborhood for a political debate. Came to know that ABP was looking for someone to speak on the Javelin throw event. Mera paas time that toh maine socha chalte hai,” said Sambit after the show.
Many appreciated Sambit’s commitment to news debates. A section of media even called for a recognition or an award for the BJP spokeperson’s contribution to TV debates.
“If you call him to report on the daily weather he won’t refuse. He is omnipresent,” said a media expert on condition on anonymity.