The recent controversy surrounding Republic TV’s decision to replace national security with a “simulcast debate” is no longer limited to the internet. The news channel has received criticism on its lack of professionalism from viewers. Twitter is buzzing with #ArnabGoswami and #RepublicTV trending. It’s no wonder that these two became the talk of the town. Let’s take a closer look at their reasoning.
The show is hosted by renowned journalist and broadcaster Arnab Goswami, who previously anchored the daily newscasts at NDTV and was the host of the DD Metro’s Newsnight. He was named Best News Anchor of Asia 2004 by the Asian Television Awards. The channel also serves as the go-to source of news for supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It often features shouting matches and public shaming of critics of Modi.
The news anchor’s arrest has been condemned by many ministers and political parties. Arnab Goswami allegedly made use of dog whistle codes, which are code words for traitors and anti-nationals. His arrest has become a saga of its own making. But what about the journalist’s character? It’s hard to judge Arnab Goswami’s character based on the factual evidence he presented.