Arnab Goswami President-News & Editor-in-Chief, Times Now, ET Now, a name synonymous with the Phrase ‘the nation wants to know’ will be hosting his last show on the Times Now’s flagship’s Newshour tonight.
Interestingly in a 3-minute video of Goswami’s speech which was leaked on the internet where the anchor was seen telling his team that “The game has just begun.”
As his team members gave him a huge round of applause, Goswami said, “The game starts now. Don’t ever lose your faith in independent media. Nobody can teach us independent media. It has come and I have been able to do it only because of you.” The Nation now wants to know Arnab Goswami’s next destination and more on the “Game that has just begun” in Goswami’s own words.
The recently concluded exchange4media Conclave was Goswami’s first outing since the move where he spoke about how disruption is the name of the game and what Indian journalism is capable of.
While speaking at the Conclave, Goswami promised more breaking stories and sought support for his future endeavour, “I promise you that I will do a 1000 times over again because we are in the dotted pursuit of putting equal in this beautiful republic first. For me, it has been a magical journey in Indian broadcast journalism for the sheer challenge it has brought. I am openly seeking your support and your viewership is your greatest support. I am today armed for more pain, 100 more threats and thousand more sleepless nights in the newsroom through coffee cups because I am not good at working in the midst of status quo. With that I can assure you not softer but louder news. I can certainly assure that we will ask for independence and answerability to no one but ourselves.”
Meanwhile, at the Times Group, Goswami will be leaving very big shoes to fill. From the individual whom not too many people knew when he joined Bennett Coleman after his exit from NDTV in 2004, to becoming nothing short of a household name in current times, Goswami has grown with the channel.
He became the most watched news anchor in India, ranked among the 50 most powerful Indians by India Today and Indian Express and is credited with revolutionizing news presentation and production on television, driving it to altogether new heights with his single-minded passion and taking Brand Times Now to consistent leadership position. His exit from his role as President-News & Editor-in-Chief, Times Now and ET Now has left a void in the Television News domain.
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 Number 1 slot for 8 consecutive years. His 9 pm “The Newshour” is the last word in appointment viewing on Indian television, commanding over 70% 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, Goswami 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, he introduced a new form of statistical analysis on elections, with a new level of graphical representation, completely transforming election coverage; wielding maximum viewers in every election for the last five years. His 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 5 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.
Goswami was elevated to President-News & Editor-in-Chief, Times Now and ET Now, from Editorial Director and Editor in Chief, TIMES NOW in June 2015, from hereon he also led the editorial team of ET Now with immediate effect.
He is a post graduate in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, and has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University’s Department of International Relations. He has been invited to speak on Indian media at Oxford, Cambridge, Kings College London and most recently the House of Lords. In 2001, his book “Combating terrorism” was quoted in debates in parliament on the drafting of an anti- terror law. He has been published in several international journals, on geo political trends in India and the region.