Arnab Goswami's Republic will be the first Indian news channel to live stream on Hotstar, and also the first one that is not part of the media mogul Rupert Murdoch's empire. Republic will join Fox News, Fox Business, and the UK's Sky News as the fourth news channel on the platform. The network is also free to air, meaning that it won't charge cable and satellite TV operators for airing the channel. Hotstar has been live-streaming sports ever since it was started, but not news. Launching Republic on the platform "fills a big gap in our portfolio", Star CEO and chairman Uday Shankar said. Goswami said, "We believe the coming together of these two exciting brands and services will take the news to the 90 million-plus viewers on Hotstar every month". Indicating that even more news channels will be added soon, Star…
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