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It is Arnab's Republic now

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NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: It’s not the nation now, it's republic. And, true to his flamboyant style, Arnab Goswami’s new venture, believed to be on the cutting edge of technology -- and news -- would be christened Republic.

Though not much details are available, Goswami, when contacted by indiantelevision.com on Thursday, confirmed that his new independent venture would be called Republic.

Goswami was mum on the nature of the project or the investors funding it or when the venture would be launched. Industry sources, however, opined that it may be up and running (as a news channel) on 27 January 2017. Goswami, reportedly, has offers dangling for many of his former colleagues in Times TV Network. According to company sources, quite a few may also join their former editorial boss’ new venture.

After about a fortnight’s speculation, the news about Goswami exiting Times group as the editor-in-chief of Times Now and ET Now became official in the first week of November 2016. Some media reports, which indiantelevision.com could not confirm independently, had indicated that the departure was not on as much a friendly terms as the celebrity news anchor had expected.

Before his departure from Times group’s TV news venture, in at least a couple of media conferences and events, Goswami had said that there were no reasons why India could not have a media organisation as professional or credible as BBC or CNN and also straddle the digital (news) world with equal ease, hinting at his future assignments and challenges.

Over the last several years, Goswami had become the face of Times Now news channel with his aggressive brand of TV journalism and signature news show called the `News Hour’, which actually ran over 60 minutes debating two to three big news developments of the day.

It is ironical -- some may call it coincidental -- that Goswami chose to make public to select media outlets about his new venture `Republic’ on a day when his former employer, Times TV Network, formally announced his successor at Times Now in Rahul Shivshankar  for whom this would be his second stint at Times.

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