Dr. Subramanian Swamy’s letter forces Arnab Goswami to change name of upcoming channel

30 Jan, 2017: Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy, who had written to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, objecting to the use of the phrase “Republic” for yet-to-be launched news channel of Arnab Goswami seems to have won again as Times Now’s former editor has applied for a change in name of his new venture.

The veteran leader had threatened legal action if the government failed to take appropriate action on his complaint.

The Rajya Sabha member had on January 13 written to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry contending that the use of “Republic” would be “contrary to law and a direct breach” of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.

“It may be noticed that certain names and emblems are prohibited from being used under (the) Act for professional and commercial purposes. As per the schedule, accompanying the statute, under item 6, there is express prohibition from using the phrase ‘republic’,” said Swamy in the letter, also posted on his Twitter account.

In response to his letter, Arnab Goswami has written to Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has asked for permission to change the name of his upcoming TV channel from ‘Republic’ to ‘Republic TV’ which Dr. Swamy announced on his twitter account.