Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV beats Times Now, becomes number 1 in launch week

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Arnab Goswami may have courted a series of controversy in the launch week of Republic TV, but the controversy appears to have helped his start-up as his his channel took the number 1 spot by dislodging Times Now.

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Times Now has been an undisputed market leader in the English news genre for several years with rival channels always finding it difficult to provide any significant competition.

Goswami’s departure last December had prompted many to predict a slump in Times Now’s TRP, but the channel maintained its position as the market leader even without its former editor-in-chief.

But the data released by Broadcast Audience Research Council- BARC- on Thursday showed that Republic TV had clocked nearly twice the number of viewers than its nearest rival, Times Now.

While Republic’s viewership was 21,17,000, Times Now was placed at second with 11,48,000.

Goswami launched Republic TV on 6 May amidst much fanfare. On the day of its broadcast, the channel ran what it called an expose on a nexus between the RJD chief, Lalu Yadav and the former RJD MP, Shahbuddin.

The channel then courted controversy after Goswami called a Congress spokesperson a ‘worm’ and the ‘lapdog’ of the Gandhi family.

It then emerged that Republic had allegedly resorted to ‘malpractices’ to boost its viewership. The News Broadcasters Association took notice of these malpractices and wrote to the TRAI asking the watchdog to take stringent action.

This was followed  by Times Now filing a criminal case against Goswami and another Republic journalist for theft. Goswami responded by saying that ‘Goliath is down to knees, crying..They have lost the battle.’

 

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  1. Republican TV news channel launched in May 2017, under the stewardship of well know then Editor in Chief of Times Now TV news channel , is reported to have made phenomenal success reaching greatest ever heights of viewership in its first debut week. Credit of this highest trust reposed by the viewers goes to Arnab Goswami and his team. Heartiest congrats to them , so richly deserved. Relevant to this happy news , readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer’s prediction in often referred to article ” 2017 – an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September” issued widely ( totaling to about 80) to Indian news media last year in October and November 2016. Here is the related text of the prediction from the article :-

    ” WITH EXCEPTIONS , CINEMA INDUSTRY OR SOMETHING RELATED TO FINE ARTS OR CULTURE OR HISTORY MAY PUT UP SOME SMILING FACE DURING THE YEAR , MORE SO IN APRIL TO JULY’.

    It may be observed here that in April and May in year 2017 , film industry has been extremely lucky when some of majority of its films released are understood to have made grand success , some have set up new records. Readers are aware of exceptional success in box office by Bahubali- 2 followed by Dangal during April-May 2017. Now , the phenomenal success of Republican TV news channel in the first debut week in May 2017 is another instance proving closer meaningfulness of predictions of this writer.

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