News channel Harvest TV to hit airwaves soon; ropes in Barkha Dutt, Karan Thapar
In the run-up to the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, it is learnt that a new English news channel – Harvest TV – is slated to hit the airwaves soon. According to media reports, Harvest TV is owned by Veecon Media, with Congressman Kapil Sibal and businessman Naveen Jindal among its promoters. Veteran journalish Shekhar Gupta tweeted: (@shekhargupta) “A number of news channels and online ventures are in offing, including Hindi channels of Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV and Kapil Sibal’s Harvest TV.”
Media reports further state that ex-NDTV journalist Barkha Dutt and Karan Thapar are among the high-profile journalists who have been roped in for Harvest TV.
Veecon Media also has new channel licenses in English, Hindi and other regional languages. The company is reportedly planning to launch a Hindi news channel after the launch of Harvest TV. According to media reports, ex-ABP News’ Punya Prasun Bajpai is joining the Hindi news channel.
Incidentally, a Christian TV network by the name of Harvest TV already exists in Kerala. According to Wikipedia, it is a multi-language 24-hour channel that is being telecast through satellite network and IPTV platforms such as BOM TV, Malayalam IPTV, Tata Sky, YUP TV Worldwide.
It is not yet known whether the existing Harvest TV will be repackaged and relaunched as the English news channel.
Meanwhile, it is also known that as the election date nears, more news channels are in the offing. Watch this space for further developments.