Arnab’s core team members at Times Now will join him.
The beginning of 2017 could see the birth of a new 24×7 news channel in India and what makes it special is the man at the helm of affairs, Arnab Goswami.
Arnab who has not been active on social media after bidding goodbye to Time Now broke silence on the reports of him starting a new news venture. The noted TV journalist, who is often criticized for his arrogance on air, on Tuesday, announced that his new channel ‘Republic’ will go on air before the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections due early next year.
Speaking at the 10th anniversary of IEEMA (Indian Electronic Equipment Manufacturer’s Association), the apex body for the power equipment industry, Arnab said his new channel will start broadcasting on the eve of Republic Day on 26 January.
Arnab has bigger plans for his new venture as he aims to take ‘Republic’ to the global stage and compete against BBC and CNN.
Arnab had resigned as the editor-in-chief of Time Now on November 1 announcing that he will start his own firm in a little while. Arnab’s position in Times Now has been taken over by Rahul Shivshankar. It has been confirmed that the core team of Arnab in
Reports also suggest that Arnab’s core team members at Times Now has also tendered resignations to follow him in the new Venture.
The News Minute quoted Goswami as saying: “My venture is called ‘Republic’; I seek the support of the people of India.”
The News Minute reported that the channel will have headquarters in Mumbai and will be funded by a major TV distribution network based out in Bangalore. Contrary to speculation, all investors in ‘Republic’ are reported to be Indians.
Arnab emerged as a cult figure in media through his daily prime show ‘The News Hour’, which he single-handedly anchored and took Times Now to the No. 1 spot. Even though his show was one of the most watched, Arnab faced criticism for putting words into the mouth of his guests and for steering the debate to suit his viewpoint.
Just hours after Goswami announced the name of his venture, he was the top trend on social networking site Facebook and the third on Twitter.