In a shocking revelation, senior journalist Arnab Goswami has said he was denied an entry in Times Now studio days before he left the organisation. Goswami, who is credited for the success of the popular English language news channel Times Now, said that he was deeply saddened after the incident. “I was denied from entering my own studio, You see Manak(anchor’s name) it hurts when you are denied from entering the studios of a channel you built yourself,” Arnab said while speaking at a chat session organised by news channel News 24. He added: “Two days before I left Times Now, I was told you can’t do the program. 18th November was my last day, I was not allowed to enter my own studio. The studio I built. I was stopped.”
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Vowing to raise ‘tough questions’, Goswami said: “I have declared my independence from the fake media, compromised media. I don’t need security, but we will raise these questions. The only question is this: Will we ask difficult questions or will we avoid them?”
He added: “Should I stop asking these questions or play safe?” Speaking about his reasons to quit, Arnab said he wished to create an unbiased media house which could raise the questions which others tended to avoid.
Goswami, who was the Editor-in-chief and face of Times Now, was popular for his daily debate show ‘Newshour with Arnnab Goswami’. However, the journalist resigned from the institution to set up his own media venture with name of ‘Republic’.
Days ago, Goswami had to change his channels name from ‘Republic’ to ‘Republic TV’ after protests from BJP MP Subhramanian Swamy. The BJP MP had written to the Union Ministry of information and broadcast for the use of the word ‘Republic’ for a commercial venture. In the letter to the ministry, Swamy wrote, “There is an express prohibition from using the phrase ‘Republic’…Your office may look into the use of ‘Republic’ and determine if it is prohibited to issue a licence under such name.”