HOME > FIRST ON ULTRA > Arnab Goswami teases the launch of Republic TV

Arnab Goswami teases the launch of Republic TV

A videograb from the ‘teaser’

Arnab Goswami, arguably the most talked about Indian journalist in recent years, has released a teaser video on the upcoming launch of his new television channel Republic TV.

The video shows Goswami writing a letter to Mr Gandhi — perhaps a reference to Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi — informing him that ‘he’s coming soon’.

“Dear Mr Gandhi, it’s been a while,” says Goswami in the video. “I missed you through election season. I thought it was a good time to let you know Mr Gandhi, that I’m coming back. See you soon!.”

Goswami then proceeds to put the envelope in a stack of other similar envelopes, presumably full of similar ‘intimation letters’ addressed to other political leaders informing them of his impending arrival back on the scene.

The television anchor, known for his ‘hyper patriotic’ talk shows that often focused on India’s relations with its westerly neighbour Pakistan, left his previous job as the editor of market-leading Times Now after tensions arose between him and the owners of the channel.

It is believed that the owners, brothers Samir Jain and Vineet Jain, were not happy with Goswami’s aggressive take on many subjects, including and particularly, India’s relationship with Pakistan.

Times Now routinely held ‘cross border’ talk shows in which it would include some guests from across the border. Among the highlights of the show — illustrated with fiery graphics — included Goswami’s own interventions, often ‘defending’ India against the country’s ‘enemies’.

However, in the days preceding the resignation, Vineet Jain had publicly come out against a campaign run by Times Now that questioned Indian film producers employing Pakistani actors.

“By supporting Pak artists v come out stronger globally.we get known as a liberal & peaceful nation.We isolate Pak even more among pak citizens,” Janin tweeted in early October, leading a guest on Goswami’s channel to chide him about the apparent division between the channel’s views and those of its owner.

This led Goswami to retort: “I don’t own up to anyone’s views and nobody owns my views. Am I clear to you? Nobody owns my views.”

ASIANET NEWS

In January this year, Krishn Kaushik of Indian Express reported that ‘Republic TV’ will have a large investment from Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha MP considered close to the ruling dispensation at the center and the vice chairman of the National Democratic Alliance in Kerala.

Chandrasekhar, who is credited with building up BPL Mobile — one of India’s earliest cellphone companies — also owns Asianet News, a television news company that operates a eponymous Malayalam news channel, as well as an FM station.

The upcoming channel has been tagged as an “ARG Outlier Media – Asianet News Service” indicating its mixed origin.

Other investors in the new channel include Ranjan Ramdas Pai of Aarin Capital Partners, Ramakanta Panda of Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai, investor Hemendra Kothari, Naresh and Shobhana Ramachandhran of TVS Tyres, Niranjan Shah of Renaissance Jewellery and DEN Networks’ Sameer Manchanda, Sanjeev Manchanda and Tapesh Virendra Singhi.

Meanwhile, Times Now has been reported to have lost some of its lead over rival channels after Goswami’s exit. Some of its staff have also joined Republic.

PROSPECTS

It is believed that Republic TV will be launched in the next 10-15 days and it will focus largely on ‘hard’ news like politics and Indo-Pak relations.

However, it remains to be seen how successful Goswami will be seizing the crown once again in the already crowded, and not-so-profitable English language television news market.

Much of Times Now’s success was due to relentless campaigns run by the channel against corruption scandals under the previous, Congress Party-led government. This was in stark contrast to the rather tame, and in some ways forgiving approach of its main rivals, and was possible due to the staunch support of the owners as well as Goswami’s own editorial zeal.

It remains to be seen how far the new channel can go in taking an adversarial position with regard to the current dispensation at the center.

Goswami has, in recent years, been more candid in revealing an ambition to create a ‘world class’ global television news network based out of India that will take on the likes of the BBC and CNN.

Follow ULTRA.news
COLUMN: A win for Congress in Gujarat may be just what Modi needs By all accounts, the chances of a Congress victory is becoming stronger and stronger in Gujarat, a state that goes to the polls on Sunday.The possibility was almost unthinkable two months ago, even to Congress strategists, but the 'Patel factor' is likely to be the deciding ...
Uddhav Thackeray met with Sharad Pawar – report Largely along expected lines, the two warring allies within the Maharashtra government -- the BJP and the Shiv Sena -- are now reported to be wooing Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party.Shiv Sena head Uddhav Thackeray met with Pawar ten days ago, said CNN News18, and ...
Tata Sky users may lose Star channels in three weeks Star India, India's biggest broadcasting company, has threatened to pull out its channels from Tata Sky, India's biggest distributor of television content.Tata Sky is a joint venture between Tata Group and Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, which also owns Star India.U...
Kerala Love Jihad: Ashokan says he’s not anti-Muslim Akhila and Ashokan (right)Ashokan Mani, who has accused the Popular Front of India of trying to kidnap his daughter into Syria, today said he had no problems with his daughter converting to Islam or marrying a Muslim.Ashokan, who has been asked by the Supreme Court to pr...
Arrest warrant issued on Hardik Patel in Gujarat A non-bailable arrest warrant has been issued against Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel and Lalji Patel in a two-year-old case related to violence at a rally.The warrant was issued in relation to violence seen in the aftermath of a rally in Vishnagar town of ...
BJP places gruesome banners of Kerala killings in New Delhi https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1669117573148867&set=pcb.1336920326413229&type=3&theater&ifg=1   In an attempt to drum up public support for its fight with the Left Front in Kerala, the BJP's Delhi unit has in the heart of the national capital place...
Mitashi launches 55-inch curved TV with Samsung 4K panel @Rs 80k Mitashi, the Mumbai-based electronics brand known for its value-for-money offerings, launched a 55-inch curved 4K TV with a Samsung panel at Rs 79,990 in India.The device is the cheapest such television in the Indian market.Its closest competitor is the Samsung 49Ku6300,...
UP BJP spokesperson says Taj Mahal is ‘controversial’; Was a Shiv Temple Anila Singh, one of the official spokespersons of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh, today said that Taj Mahal was a controversial monument and that its roots stretched back to a temple of Shiva.Singh, who is often on TV to defend the Yogi Adityanath government, wa...
NDTV officially denies sale to Ajay Singh India's oldest English television news broadcaster NDTV officially denied that it has been sold to Ajay Singh, the promoter of SpiceJet."We wish to inform you that the promoters of the Company have not entered into any agreement for sale of their stake in the Company to any ...
Stock Exchange seeks clarification from NDTV on Ajay Singh’s stake-buy NDTV Promoter Prannoy Roy with former PM Manmohan SinghThe National Stock Exchange has again sought a clarification from NDTV after the Indian Express reported that SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh was now the biggest shareholder in the media company.UPDATE: NDTV has denied ...
Sony loses IPL rights to Star India Star India, part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has won the rights to broadcast Indian Premier League matches for the next five years, edging out Sony India.The company bid Rs 16,347 cr for the privilege, edging out other groups such as Discovery. This comes to about Rs 3...
Modi should decide on Khattar’s resignation, Subramanian Swamy Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar seems to be facing mounting pressure to step down, with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy hinting that the CM does not enjoy total support of BJP leaders."The question of (Khattar's) resignation has to be taken up by the prime minister, ...
Dish TV slashes HD channel price to Rs 20 from Rs 50 Dish TV, one of India's biggest DTH operators, has slashed the rates of HD and standard-definition channels to Rs 17 and Rs 8.50 each, plus a tax of 18%.Together, the cost of a single HD channel would come to around Rs 20 and that for a regular channel will come to Rs 10....
Mitashi launches cheapest curved TV in India at Rs 28k, 39-inch at Rs 40k Mitashi, the Mumbai-based brand, has launched what has to be cheapest curved TV in India -- a 32-inch model priced at Rs 28,000.It also launched a larger, 39-inch version at priced at Rs 40,000. Both are 'smart TVs'."The big idea was to enter the as-yet unchartered territ...
Republic TV’s 5-star Facebook ratings disappear mysteriously Tens of thousands of five-star ratings given to Arnab Goswami's Republic TV mysteriously disappeared over night, pushing the rating on the channel's official page to a low of 2.1 stars out of 5.0.It is not clear why the ratings were removed.Over the last three days, the c...
Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV gets derated by Malayalis Republic TV, the channel launched by Arnab Goswami -- the former editor of Times Now -- has come in for a barrage of criticism on social media after Malayalis took offence to what has been portrayed as repeated attempts by the channel to tarnish the reputation of the state.Th...
Nitish, Lalu and the ‘Post Truth’ Politics of Bihar In the so-called 'post truth' politics, facts and ideology do not have a place - it is emotion and rhetoric that counts.When Nitish Kumar decided to part ways with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in late 2013 opposing the elevation of Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial cand...
Shiv Sena suspects Pakistan’s role behind gau-rakshaks Ratcheting up its attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, fellow saffron outfit Shiv Sena today dared cow vigilantes to fight for the country in Kashmir and asked if Pakistan was behind such attackers.India has seen two waves of vigilante attacks targeted at those who ea...
News Corp buys Bangalore-based media software firm GyanMatrix Rupert Murdoch's News Corp announced yet another acquisition in India with the agreement to purchase Bangalore-based GyanMatrix Services Private Limited.P Hariharan, founder GyanMatrixThe company, which provides software solutions for media and publishing companies, will...
Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mavani, others organize anti-lynching platform Prominent activists such as Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mavani, Tehseen Poonawalla and Shehla Rashid have formed an anti-lynching front in the background of vigilante attacks in the name of religious symbols like the cow.Under the banner of the National Campaign Against Mob Lync...