Journalist Arnab Goswami has changed the name of his new media venture after the original 'Republic' was pulled up by Subramanian Swamy. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader had written to the Union ministry of information and broadcast taking exception to the usage of the word 'Republic' for a commercial venture. Arnab Goswami has now said that his new venture will forthwith be called 'Republic TV'.
In a letter dated January 28, Arnab Goswami is said to have written to the Manmeet Kaur, an undersecretary in the ministry of information and broadcasting to inform that the name of the news channel is being changed from 'Republic' to 'Republic TV'. The letter also sought permission for television broadcasting rights for the new venture. Fresh affidavits with respect to the name change have also been submitted along with Goswami's letter.
On January 13 Subramanian Swamy had claimed, in a letter, that under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, the word 'Republic' is prohibited from being used for professional and commercial purposes.