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Former Minister to shut down his channel amid controversies

Monday, July 15, 2019 • Telugu Comments

Former Minister to shut down his channel amid controversies

Tiranga TV, an English-language news channel promoted by senior Congressman and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal, is on the verge of closure if some reports are to be believed.  Amidst this, prominent journalist Barkha Dutt has made certain pointed accusations against Sibal and his wife.  

"An appalling situation in Tiranga TV promoted by Kapil Sibal and his wife, where more than 200 employees have had equipment confiscated and face sackings without even a 6 month payout. Man who acts holier than though in public has treated journalists in a hideous way," Barkha said today.  She added, "Most people here gave up other offers or left jobs on an assurance from Kapil Sibal of a professionally run newsroom and a minimum tenure of 2 years. Neither husband nor wife have even showed up to talk to the staff. But all live programming has been cancelled for 48 hours."  

She also revealed that Sibal and his wife wanted to use Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an "excuse to sack staff saying that Modi didn't let the channel run".   "But to be absolutely blunt. GOI has done nothing. Husband and wife have not faced staff, went on holiday to London, while shutting shop, prompting me to call him Vijay Mallya," she added.

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