Republic TV is an English-language news and current affairs television channel based in Mumbai and Bengaluru, India. The independent news channel went live on May 6, 2017 at 10 AM
Arnab Goswami, then Editor-in-Chief of a 24-hour English news channel Times Now, resigned from the channel on 1 November 2016. On 18 November, he hosted for the last time The Newshour Debate. On 16 December, Goswami announced that he is coming up with his new venture, a news channel called Republic. However, on 13 January 2017, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy wrote to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that the name Republic was in violation of Emblems and Names (Prevention of improper use) Act 1950. As a result, the name changed to Republic TV and the same was communicated to the Ministry by Goswami through a letter.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, an entrepreneur, and an independent Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, also the vice-chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition National Democratic Alliance in its Kerala wing, invested in ARG Outlier Media Private Ltd., a company that the Republic TV was reported to be a part of. Through companies owned by him, he invested ???30 crore (US$4.7??million) in it. The other major investor was Goswami himself along with his wife Samyabrata Ray, who invested through SARG Media Holding Private Ltd., a company that the two held majority equity in.
- Sundaram, who had served as the CFO for Times Now between 2005 and 2012, was named the Group CFO for Republic TV. Others who joined included senior anchor and Deputy Assignment Editor of Tamil news channel, Thanthi TV, S. A. Hariharan; retired army officer and television personality Major Gaurav Arya chief business officer of Reliance Broadcast Network Vikas Khanchandani as the CEO, co-founder of the The News Minute Chitra Subramaniam as editorial adviser, former chief correspondent from Jammu and Kashmir for Times Now Aditya Raj Kaul, writer and founder-editor of Gentleman and Business Barons, Minhaz Merchant and actor Anupam Kher.
It was launched on 6 May as a free-to-air channel through most DTH services and cable television operators, alongside mobile platforms such as JioTV and Hotstar. Reporting on its launch, Business Standard wrote, “The company has already hired 300 people, of whom 215 are on board. A state-of-the-art-studio is being built in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area.
Arnab Goswami’s?????? first Indian news channel to air live on Hotstar
Journalist Arnab Goswami???s news channel Republic TV will be shown on Star India???s digital platform Hotstar, making it the first Indian news channel to be livestreamed on the platform, said a report published by Livemint.
The news channel is expected to go live on 6 May and will also launch its website republicworld.com??the same day.
“Dear viewers, you’ve supported me over the years & Republic is the result of your faith. I am happy to tell you that Republic TV is a free to air channel. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Northeast to Gujarat, Republic TV is FTA (FREE TO AIR). My young, passionate, idealistic & committed news team needs your support. This committed news team is putting out a FREE TO AIR channel for you. Back them, contact your cable/DTH provider now,” said Goswami.