While the Nation does want to know about Arnab Goswami’s next destination, Goswami has left very big shoes to fill. From the person 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.
Goswami 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 (the news was exclusively done first by exchange4media http://www.exchange4media.com/tv/arnab-goswami-bids-adieu-to-the-times-group_66510.html)
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.
He is slated to be donning the entrepreneurial hat and launching his own global, digital media network, and the Times Group is to announce the name of his successor.
Some of the names we thought could be likely contenders for the role include a varied list, in no particular order, of media stalwarts and veterans from Rajdeep Sardesai, Vikram Chandra, Barkha Dutt, to Karan Thapar, each known for their distinctive journalism schools and leadership styles. It will be interesting to see who will be his successor a name who is able to sustain the momentum built by the 42 year old who started his career as trainee-sub at The Telegraph in 1994 and went on to become the voice of the nation on critical matters…
With over 26 years of experience as a journalist in print and TV, Rajdeep Sardesai was managing editor of the NDTV network before he set up the IBN 18 network with channels like CNN IBN as founder editor. He began his career with the Times of India and was the city editor of its Mumbai edition at the age of 26. Presently, he is a consulting editor with the India Today Group and anchors a prime time show on India Today.
To his credit, he has won News Anchor of the Year at the Indian Television Academy for eight of the last ten years and his programme Big Fight bagged the Asian TV award for best talk show twice in a row. He has been the President of the Editors Guild of India and was also chosen as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000. Sardesai writes a fortnightly column across several newspapers, including the Hindustan Times.
An Oxford blue at cricket, he completed his Masters and LLB from Oxford University after graduating in economics from St. Xavier's College in Mumbai.
Padma Shri recipient Barkha Dutt currently serves as a consulting editor with NDTV and is the host of the popular television talk shows “We the People,” and the Emmy-nominated “The Buck Stops Here.” In 2012, she was recognized by The Association for International Broadcasting as the International TV Personality of the Year, deeming her as “a reporter of considerable stretch and depth, still passionate and fearless in bringing the issues closer to her viewers.” Dutt was listed twice on the World Economic Forum’s list of 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow, and serves on the Global Council of the Asia Society. She completed her Master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York. Recently, Dutt joined The Washington Post as a contributing columnist to the Global Opinions section.
With close to 16 years of being a TV journalist, Bhupendra Chaubey started his career with NDTV. He left NDTV to join the team that launched CNN IBN. Bhupendra was the Executive Editor of CNN IBN and used to host the prime time broadcast “India at 9” before turning a Consulting Editor to try his hand at new journalistic platforms. Chaubey has covered three general elections and assembly elections of most states. He now hosts a weekend interview show “Hot Seat” where he puts tough questions to key newsmakers. He is also a columnist for various English and Hindi newspapers and magazines as well as several digital platforms.
Rahul Shivshankar joined NewsX in September 2013 as Managing Editor and was later elevated as Editor-in-Chief a year later. Shivshankar has been instrumental in redefining the approach of NewsX to daily news coverage and anchors the channel’s flagship primetime shows ‘Nation@9:00pm’ and ‘India Debates’ on weekdays.
In a career spanning almost 20 years, he has served as Executive Editor of Headlines Today (TV Today Network) and as Senior Editor of Times Now. Apart from writing several comment pieces on current affairs, Shivshankar extensively documented the attack on Nariman House in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 in an anthology of hard-hitting investigative narratives published by Roli Books.
Sreenivasan Jain has been associated with NDTV since 1995 and is the channel's Managing Editor. He anchors the weekly ground reportage show “Truth vs Hype” on NDTV 24x7. Jain was NDTV's Mumbai bureau chief from 2003 to 2008. He was also briefly Managing Editor of NDTV's business channel, Profit. He is also an Op-ed columnist for the Business Standard newspaper. An Op-ed column in The Hoot, an independent South Asian media watchdog, praised Jain's television coverage of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.
Vikram Chandra, who has been associated with NDTV since 1994, recently, stepped down as Group CEO to return to full time journalism and continue his focus on the TV shows he has been well known for. As Chief Executive Officer, NDTV Group, Chandra was responsible for all aspects of the company. He is the Executive Chairperson of NDTV Convergence, the Group's online venture, which Chandra helped set up in 1999, and which he subsequently took to a position of strength as its CEO. As one of India's best known anchorpersons he presents 'The Big Fight', which has long been one of India's top rated news and current affairs programmes. He also anchors 'Gadget Guru', which is the country's leading show on technology and gadgets, together with big events like elections or the Budget. Vikram is also the face of NDTV's social programming for public interest. He has anchored all editions of the NDTV Greenathon, and the Save our Tigers campaign. In addition, he is associated with the Support my School, Our Girls our Pride, and Banega Swacch India campaigns.
Sonia Singh is the editorial director and president of the NDTV ethics committee. She also hosts ‘The NDTV Dialogues’, a show focusing on understanding on key issues and a look at potential solutions. Singh started her career at NDTV in 1992 as a researcher when it produced one show, The World This Week for Doordarshan. She has overseen news ranging from the Kandahar hijack, the attack on Parliament, 26/11, the Kargil war, the Jessica Lall case and many other crucial stories.
Karan Thapar is currently associated with India Today and hosts the shows “To the Point” and “Nothing But The Truth”. Thapar was earlier associated with CNN-IBN and hosted “The Devil's Advocate” and “The Last Word”. Thapar has presented the highly regarded current affairs programme Tonight at 10 (now re-christened India Tonight) on CNBC. Broadcast four days a week, it is considered India's premiere current affairs programme. Trained as a correspondent, producer, editor and presenter with London Weekend Television in the United Kingdom, he worked for programmes as varied as Weekend World, The World This Week, The Business Programme, The Walden Interview and Eastern Eye, he has both the most varied and the most in-depth knowledge and experience of television.