Arnab Goswami President-News & Editor-in-Chief, Times Now, ET Now will be speaking on ‘Why Disruption is the Name of the Game’ at the exchange4media conclave in Mumbai on November 16.
This will be Goswami’s first public appearance after he sent shock waves around the Indian media industry with the news of his exit from the Times Network last Tuesday.
Goswami will remain in his current position with Times Network till the 3rdweek of November 2016 and will continue anchoring the flagship show Newshour till then.
Interestingly in a 3-minute video of Goswami’s speech which was leaked on the internet the news 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.”
While the ‘Nation wants to know’ Arnab Goswami’s next destination and more on the ‘Game that has just begun” in Goswami’s own words, he 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 revolutionising 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 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 eight consecutive years. His 9pm “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 eight years.
The interview based “Frankly Speaking with Arnab” is, both in terms of viewership and impact, today the most followed interview show 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 five 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.
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 the 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.
The exchange4media Group organises its ﬂagship event exchange4media conclave every year, as an attempt to bring industry stakeholders – corporates, media service brands and media owners - on the same platform to discuss the changing global communication industry, with speciﬁc focus on India.
The keynote speaker for the conclave last year was Sir Martin Sorrell CEO WPP, and some of the speakers over the years have included Tim Andree, Executive Chairman, Dentsu Aegis Network & Executive Vice President, Member of The Board, Dentsu Inc Dominic Proctor, President GroupM Global; Geetu Verma, Executive Director, Foods & Refreshment, Hindustan Unilever; John Sheehy, President, Global Operations, Starcom Mediavest; Michael Wall, Global CEO, Lowe & Partners; Mike Cooper, Worldwide CEO, PHD; Vikram Sakhuja, Global CEO, Maxus and Vishnu Mohan, CEO, APAC Havas Media.