Republic TV’s launch in March 2017 was marred by controversies after Arnab Goswami, erstwhile editor-in-chief of Times Now, left the broadcaster to start his own channel. It began with The Times Group seeking an injunction against the use of the ‘the nation wants to know’ tagline on the new channel. Later, the News Broadcasters Association asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to take action against Republic TV over alleged unethical distribution practices, which increased its rankings. Not all was downhill for the broadcaster – the high ratings was one bright spot, it launched on Hotstar, becoming the first news channel to stream news on an online portal. Goswami is now working on breaking some exciting news and getting his mojo back, which has lost some of its sheen in the past year.
Hot 100, TV Broadcasters, Arnab Goswami, Republic
16 July 2018