Senior journalist Barkha Dutt too has accused the promoters of sacking as many as 200 people without a proper severance package. She is one of the hosts.
As reported earlier, the news channel went on-air on 26th January 2019 as HTN News. The channel’s owner Veecon Media and Broadcasting have been battling it out with the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) over the use of the name and logo Tiranga TV.
Also, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) recently allowed the broadcaster to use the name and logo Tiranga TV without the green and orange colour.
Barkha Dutt launched a Twitter attack on Sibal for putting the livelihood of 200 people in jeopardy. She said that the equipment of the employees have been seized and they are being sacked without proper compensation.
She added: “An appalling situation in @NewsHtn promoted by @KapilSibal & 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.”
She said: “Most people here, gave up other offers or left jobs on an assurance from @KapilSibal of a professionally run newsroom and a minimum tenure of 2 years. Neither husband nor wife have even showed up to talk to staff. But all live programming has been cancelled for 48 hrs.”
Dutt said that there is no revenue model. “A broken revenue model in TV news is one problem and secondly, where are these high net-worth individuals who are prepared to take a bet on talent. In so many ways news industry model is broken.”
Dutt believes that crowdfunding will not work. “We do not operate in an industry where journalists can choose their promoters. It’s not a plethora of options, is there, especially in TV, which unlike digital, is high capital intensive and cannot be run by crowdfunding.”
Sibal is currently holidaying in London.