The Times Group has served a legal notice on Arnab Goswami’s soon-to-be launched news channel Republic TV over the use of the phrase ‘nation wants to know’.
In a three-minute audio clip posted on YouTube, Goswami claimed that he has been served with yet another legal threat and this time for using the aforementioned phrase.
“A media group has sent me a six-page letter threatening me with imprisonment if I ever use the phrase ‘Nation wants to know’. They say that they own the phrase,” he said in the clip.
In the YouTube clip, the named TV journalist further said that the threat of imprisonment will not deter him as he has been using the phrase for the last 20 years throughout his reporting career.
Followers of Times Now are familiar with Goswami’s famous catch phrase ‘Nation wants to know’ on his popular prime time show Newshour till he quit the company on 7 November 2016. He was the president and editor-in-chief of news channels Times Now and ET Now.
“ARG Outliers had filed for trademark for these and similar phrases which were already filed for and extensively used for years by Times Now. We have responded with a standard caution notice. He (Arnab) is just trying to gain soundbytes from it,” said a spokesperson for the Times Network, when contacted for comments.
Republic is a part of a company called ARG Outlier Media Pvt. Ltd, of which Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar is the biggest investor.