Arnab Goswami is one name that everyone knows. His ‘unique’ style of journalism has always raised questions in the industry and otherwise. We all know that he recently quit the Times Group to launch his own channel, Republic. The news anchor, who recently announced the launch of his new venture, is now in legal trouble. Here’s why –
‘Nation wants to know’ is a phrase that everyone is familiar with. Arnab used this phrase during his prime time show – The News Hour – on Times Now, and made it famous and nearly a synonym for him, right? And now he is in legal trouble over the same phrase. Yes, you read it right. According to a report in The News Minute, Times Group has issued a legal notice to Arnab Goswami for not using the phrase again. The six-page-notice said that legal action will be taken against him if he uses the phrase.
According to the News Minute report, the Times Group had applied for a trademark over the phrase in January, but decided to send a legal notice. Arnab replied to the legal threat through an audio message that he uploaded on YouTube.
In his audio message, Arnab daringly said –
‘The threat of imprisonment will not deter me. Bring your moneybags and your lawyers, file the criminal case against me for using the phrase ‘Nation Wants to Know’. Do everything you can, spend all the money you have and arrest me. I am waiting right now in my studio floor. Come, enforce your threat…Every Indian has a right to use that phrase. And this phrase comes from the heart. Every Indian, through his or her questioning spirit, can use the phrase Nation Wants to Know.’
He also said that this ‘media group’ wants to deter stall and delay the launch of his new venture, Republic TV. He said –
‘This media group’s aim has been to somehow stall and delay the launch of Republic TV. To somehow try and make sure that a group of journalists determined to pursue the truth on behalf of the people are held back.’
Hear his entire audio message –
Even Barkha Dutt supported him this time.
Don't often agree with Arnab but this is insane.So unfair how all media owners force-own copyright of shows created& nurtured by individuals https://t.co/eMqswnPchE
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) April 17, 2017
Goswami has released the logo of Republic, and even shot a promo for it. Watch it here –
So, what do you think about the whole incident?