Senior journalist M Gunasekaran who was working in News 18 Channel, announced that he will be joining in Sun news on Friday. The channel is being run by Kalanithi Maran’s sun network and Gunasekaran, in his announcement said that he is going to join there as an Editor-in-Chief.
Gunasekaran resigned from News 18 on 31st of June after controversy over a letter written by Youtuber Maridhas to the management of News 18 in Delhi. Maridhas, in his letter alleged that several journalists who are working in the channel including Gunasekaran belong to DK, DMK political parties and supporting them indirectly. Maridhas said that they adopted anti-Hindu stance in his letter.
Gunasekaram denied the allegations of Maridhas and the youtuber was directed to delete all his videos when the news channel reached court accusing Maridhas for defaming their channel. Now, after joining in Sun news, Gunasekaran thanked viewers and acquaintances who lent their support after his resignation.
“I am delighted to share the news on my joining in Sun news as editor-in-chief. I was moved with the immense support I have been receiving all these days. Truth, Justice and People’s well being are the primary principles of journalism is my belief and I intend to say it louder one more time.” said Gunasekaran in his post who thanked viewers, students, professionals, teachers, political leaders, film and literary personalities, bureaucrats, lawyers and his fellow journalists.
“I knew Tamil nadu is an unique state but the constant support extended by the people made me understand their uniqueness emotionally too. More than considering this support that is provided to me, I consider it as a recognition from the people for true journalism. I realize people will shower their love to those who are representing poor and needy.” said Gunasekaran who thanked Kalanithi Maaran for the opportunity, He also took oath to high quality professionalism through his post.
சன் நியூஸ் தொலைக்காட்சியின் தலைமை ஆசிரியராக (Editor-in-Chief) பொறுப்பேற்கவிருக்கிறேன் என்ற செய்தியை உங்களோடு பகிர்ந்துகொள்வதில் பெருமகிழச்சி அடைகிறேன். அளவற்ற ஆதரவை அள்ளி வழங்கிய அனைவரின் கரங்களையும் நெகிழ்ச்சியோடு பற்றிக் கொள்கிறேன். 🙏 pic.twitter.com/DbqdxWcuZi— மு.குணசேகரன் Gunasekaran (@GunasekaranMu) August 7, 2020
People belong to right and left wing reacted to the announcement of Gunasekaran, He received both praise and criticism for joining Sun TV. Meanwhile, Gayathri Raguramm of BJP party, on seeing this news, said that Sun TV became an upgraded version of “Karupar Kootam”. “Sun news upgraded from YouTube karupar kootam channel officially. Congratulations.” her tweet read.
Check out her tweet here :
Sun news upgraded from YouTube karupar kootam channel officially. Congratulations. https://t.co/7l3yyJ4h5R— Gayathri Raguramm (@gayathriraguram) August 7, 2020
“Karuppar Kootam” is a youtube channel that got caught in a controversy after posting a video making derogatory comments against Lord Murugan’s “Kandha Shasti Kavasam”. They were forced to take their videos down and the supporters of BJP party highly believe that Gunasekaran was supporting them indirectly.
In the video, the narrator Surendar Natarajan said that people who belongs to Hindu religion are seeking Lord Murugan’s help for inappropriate problems such as saving each and every part of the body. This irked the people who belong to Hindu community and various groups started staging protest against the channel.