At the on-going 5th Edition of CII Big Picture Summit 2016 in New Delhi, Times Now’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami delivered a special address to highlight the disruption in television news.
Terming the conventional “objectivity in journalism” as “greater rubbish”, Goswami made a scathing attack on those who think journalism has to be devoid of emotions. Explaining how Times Now has disrupted the news space, Goswami cited many examples where he has taken on the powerful to redefine how news is practised.
Urging young journalist to “feel the news to strike the right chord with the audience and express their personal opinions”, Goswami added, “When you believe in something, do not be afraid to make it a campaign. The era of polite anchors is over and no one listens when you don't shout. Television debates are not meant to be Wikipedia like facts. TV news is fast becoming a change agent and a true reflection of democracy.”
Highlighting the rapid evolution of the Indian news media, Goswami reiterated key changes that would occur in the coming 3-4 years in the TV news space. The disruption which Times Now has spearheaded during the last decade will witness key shifts according to Goswami.
The first disruption according to Goswami will be that news will move away from New Delhi and it will no longer be the sole centre of national news. Moreover, Goswami believes that being away from the national capital has allowed him the freedom to disrupt at will.
According to Goswami, the future of TV news will also mark an end of the greater interdependence between news and politicians. “For far too long, the news in this country has been using political class as crutch to lean on, thereby humiliating itself and this is going to change and in fact is already changing,” added Goswami.
Goswami also highlighted that big finances alone cannot sustain popularity of any news media. He said, “Few years down the line, money will be an enabler and not the difference between winning and losing. Money cannot buy you a ticket to be the agency of change. It has to be your own brand of journalism. The popularity of smartphones and the digital age by large has given rise to an equal platform for all and will be the quantum change in the near future. In fact, money has ceased to matter and ultimately content is king.”
According to Goswami, TV news from India will have a global appeal and independent journalism will take the monopolistic powers that control the media today.