New Delhi: Arnab Goswami, the firebrand journalist, who is known more for power than substance has been forced to change the name of his yet to be launched TV channel as Republic TV from proposed Republic. The change in nomenclature was not a voluntary decision as many might think. Instead it was forced upon the former Editor-in-chief of Times Now Arnab Goswami.
And the one who took on Arnab Goswami and forced to change the name of his channel was none other than the indefatigable Subramanian Swamy, a BJP leader and former union minister.
So Arnab Goswami’s forthcoming channel will not be “Republic”, but “Republic TV”. This has been revealed by Subramanian Swamy himself that that Arnab has decided to change the name of the news and current affairs channel.
Swamy had complained to Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, arguing that any commercial venture being called “Republic” was a violation of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of improper use) Act of 1950. Coming to the rescue of the journalist known for his high decibel level, Swamy had suggested the solution too on Twitter on the same day. While responding to a query by a user, he said that Arnab was free to name his channel something like “The Republic” but he can’t call it only “Republic”:
Mr Goswami know that chickens come home to roost. Don’t be a porki with me pic.twitter.com/MvmPtiFy7a
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) January 30, 2017
Two money flows in Republic TV require investigation: 1. From Singapore in $ and 2. From a Assam senior politician in rupees
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) January 31, 2017