Arnab Goswami has been appointed President-News and Editor in Chief, TIMES NOW and ET NOW, he was earlier Editorial Director and Editor in Chief, TIMES NOW. . Goswami will lead the editorial team of ET Now with immediate effect.
“I can confirm the news to you. It has been a great opportunity and a great challenge keeping TIMES NOW at No. 1 for eight years. In my new role we will make ET NOW and TIMES NOW a formidable combination of dominance and leadership in the English news and business genre. With both the teams of ET NOW and TIMES NOW, I have no doubts we will achieve this,” said Goswami confirming the news to exchange4media yesterday afternoon.
Goswami has led TIMES NOW to leadership in less than a year of launching the channel in 2006. Since 2007, he has maintained and increased the dominance of TIMES NOW in the No. 1 slot for 8 consecutive years. His 9 pm “The Newshour” is the last word in appointment viewing on Indian television, commanding over 70 per cent share of the audience and unmatched viewer loyalty for the last 8 years.
The interview based “Frankly Speaking with Arnab” is, both in terms of viewership and impact, today the most followed interview on television, making headlines every week. As Editor in Chief of TIMES NOW, he has revolutionised news coverage, anchoring for 100 hours during the 26/11 attack, spearheading the greatest exposes against corruption starting with the CWG scam, and including the 2G scam, the Kargil for Profit scam and others in 2010-11, the coverage of the Anna agitation, and path breaking interviews with Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi in 2014 that set the news agenda in the National Election.
In State Elections since 2010, and the General Election of 2014, Goswami introduced a new form of statistical analysis on elections, with brand new psephological tools combined with a new level of graphical representation, completely transforming election coverage; wielding maximum viewers in every election for the last five years. Goswami’s annual Union Budget telecast, with a focus on macro- economic and macro political trends and impact, has been the leader in the combined business+news channels pack for the last 5 years.
A great believer in Digital Media, Goswami has launched collaborations with Twitter and Facebook, with TIMES NOW chosen to be among the five partners worldwide for the launch of Twitter video this year, with the channel overtaking in less than a year the social media presence of any other Indian channel operating on social media.
CFO Jagdish Mulchandani has been elevated to President – Finance and Distribution. In his new role Mulchandani will drive strategy and operations for Finance and Distribution besides Traffic and Administration across the company. Jagdish Mulchandani holds an MBA in Finance and has participated in several management development programs from IIM Ahmadabad and ISB Hyderabad. He has over 20 years of experience in various industries including Media and Entertainment, both in India and abroad. He has handled a wide array of functions which include Distribution, Finance & Accounts and Business Transformation among others.
“Times Network has maintained its leadership position over the last several years in the various niches that it operates in. The latest elevations are in line with our commitment to maintain our high growth rate and reinforce our leadership position in all endeavours.” said MK Anand, CEO & MD, Times Network.