Tiranga TV gets respite from TDSAT on name, but faces shutdown
Tiranga TV, the English language news channel, has got respite from the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), which has allowed the channel run by Veecon Media and Broadcasting to continue using the name Tiranga TV. However, the Tribunal has prohibited the channel from using the saffron and green colours in its logo. With this, TDSAT quashed the decision of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting taken on March 27 that refused to sanction the name Tiranga TV.
However, troubles are far from over for Tiranga TV, which is owned by Kapil Sibal. It is learnt from industry sources that the channel is being shut down after just 7 months (Tiranga TV went on air on January 26, 2019). On July 2, 2019, employees of Tiranga TV have been let go with one month’s salary and no prior notice.
The employees of Tiranga TV took to Twitter as a platform to air their grievance and demanded an explanation from the Veecon Media management. They have alleged that they were paid a severance package.
We the employees of @NewsHtn (Tiranga TV) are being fired with just 1 month salary and without any clarity. We would want to meet with @KapilSibal as no one from management has addressed us. @INCIndia @RahulGandhi @PrakashJavdekar @IndEditorsGuild @ShekharGupta @BJP4India— Sushil Immanuel Kotian (@kotiansushil) July 2, 2019
A Twitter handle of Fired Employees Tiranga TV – @FiredTV – has also been started, where the employees vented their ire and disappointment.