Arnab Goswami’s Republic Air live on hot star
Arnab Goswami’s Republic- Air live on hot star
Journalist Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV will be launching on May 6th, 2017 at 10 am on a program named “Super Saturday”. It will be India’s first English news channel to be a live stream on Star India’s digital platform, Hotstar. It will also launch its website republicworld.com. The live stream will be supported by advertising. Proficient actor/ director Kamal Hassan will be present for the launch event.
Hotstar is the name of the application that allows one to watch certain TV contents. It is not a company by itself. Star India Pvt Ltd. is the company that owns the app. So far, Hotstar is available on the web, android, and ios. It already has its way to news content from global news channels like Fox Business, Fox News, and Sky News.
Star India’s Hotstar is a compelling destination for content cutting across genres and age groups. We are confident of breaking the digital barrier and this is the first step as news produced in India goes digital and then global. We believe that these two brands and their service will take the news to the 90 million-plus viewers on Hotstar monthly. You can now catch Republic on the move and on demand,” said Goswami, editor-in-chief, and founder of Republic TV.
The news channel has tweeted its tie- up with direct- to- home (DTH) platform like Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV, Videocon D2H for its multiple distributions across the country. Even, Republic TV also announced its bind- up with Microsoft as its technology partner. Young India has embraced Hotstar. We believe that young Indians are truly interested to know about their own country and the universe they part in via using digital technology. We are deeply committed to making sure that we continuously widen Hot star’s offering for Republic and the launch by Hotstar fills a big gap in our portfolio,” said Uday Shankar, chief executive and chairman at Star India.
Republic TV, an English-language news channel has been a sponsor as a global media endeavor to promote unprejudiced journalism.
Arnab Goswami, Editor- in- chief of Times Now, English news channel, resigned from the channel on 1st November 2016. He hosted the news hour debate for the last time on 18th November. Arnab disclosed on 16th December 2016 that he is coming up with his new project an English news channel called Republic.
The channel, owned by Arnab Goswami’s own company, ARG Outlier Media, has been mired in controversies since the announcement of its launch. Subramanian Swamy, Bharatiya Janata Party, Executive Member and Rajya Sabha MP, had written a letter in January to the Ministry of I&B, asking them how a TV channel could be allowed to use the name Republic as the usage of the term is restricted to the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.
In April, Times Group had sent a legal notice to Arnab Goswami asking him not to use the phrase, “Nation wants to know”? The catch-phrase was popularized by the former Times Now anchor. Times Now is a channel owned by the Times Group and they said the phrase is their intellectual property, Business Standard had reported.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, vice chairman of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and an independent member of parliament invested Rs.30 crores (US$ 4.7 million). While the other investor was Goswami himself and his wife Samyabrata Ray.