Arnab Goswami, who was the Editor-in-Chief of Times Now, quit the TV news channel in November and is now all set to float his own channel named Republic TV.
The channel is set to launch in a few days, and today it was revealed that veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher will be associated with it:
Watch the legend like never before on REPUBLIC. Proud of our association Mr Kher. #AnupamKherOnRepublic pic.twitter.com/Dd7lSk50FA
— Republic (@republic) April 25, 2017
Already there have been additions to the team of Republic in the form of army veteran Major Gaurav Arya and veteran journalist Chitra Subramaniam, who would be the Editorial adviser.
Pleased to announce that I will be collaborating with #arnabgoswami and his new venture @republic TV as Editorial Adviser.
— Chitra Subramaniam (@chitraSD) January 31, 2017
It has also been revealed that Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Mohandas Pai are investors in the channel.
Barely 10 days ago, Minhaz Merchant, another senior journalist had announced that he too would be part of Republic. Merchant took to twitter to announce that he was an adviser to Republic TV. He also mentioned that there were 300 people part of the channel working in an awesome newsroom with a great energy. Plus he also mentioned that for them countdown for the launch had already begun:
Pleased to announce my association with Arnab’s @republic TV as Advisor. Awesome newsroom, great energy, 300 staff. Launch countdown begun!
— Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) April 14, 2017
Merchant is a well known Indian journalist and writer who founded business magazines like Gentlemen and Business Barons. He has also written biographies of Rajiv Gandhi and Aditya Birla. He has also authored the book, The New Clash of Civilizations.
Arnab Goswami in a recent interview had outlined his vision about how the channel would operate. Arnab has called Republic as a content run enterprise which is the first journalist-owned, journalist-run, journalist-managed news organisation. He also claimed that the most important thing for Republic, even bigger than the TRP would be impact.
Arnab (and OpIndia.com) were served legal notices for his interview by Times Group, which claimed that Arnab had made defamatory comments against them. Arnab had earlier revealed on Twitter that a major media group was trying everything to delay the launch of his channel.