It seems the loudest ‘cracker’ of television journalism will not burst anymore. Arnab Goswami, the Editor-In-Chief of news and business channels Times Now and ET Now, has reportedly quit the Times Television Network. The Indian startup ecosystem better watch out because he is reportedly planning to become an entrepreneur in the media domain.
And though the nation wants to know if the news is true, according to unconfirmed reports, Times Television Network is in the process of announcing Goswami’s replacement.
According to a report in Businessworld magazine, they did not get any official comments at the time of filing the report, but “the development has been confirmed by a very senior company resource.”
However, Twitter has been abuzz with the news with hashtags Arnab Goswami and Times Now trending.
People will watch today's last News Hour broadcast with #ArnabGoswami just like Sachin's retirement match.
— Chandan Sadhu (@chandansadhu) November 1, 2016
Known for his high-decibel debates on Times Now, Arnab often found himself in the thick of controversy from the media fraternity and the public at large. His recent war mongering in the light of ‘surgical strikes’ by the Indian Army on terrorist camps in PoK came in for heavy firing from the country’s intelligentsia.
Earlier in the day, Times Now Twitter handle tweeted about today's News Hour debate:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) November 1, 2016
According to a report by Quint, Arnab made the announcement in a room full of Times Now employees and said,
Independent media is going to thrive.
He mentioned that he'll not quit the news industry and also said that "the game has just begun".
His stint at Times Now lasted 10 years. Arnab began his journalism career with The Telegraph in Kolkata and was there for a year. He joined NDTV in 1995. In 2006, he joined Times Now. He is reported to have said that he wanted Times Now to be the Fox TV of India, and tailored his Newshour debates to reflect his belief that news should be “popular but not populist”.
Arnab is an Army officer's son, and as a result, he attended school in different parts of the country. He holds a Bachelor’s (Hons) in Sociology from Hindu College in Delhi University, and a Masters in Social Anthropology from St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.
Will you be missing the NewsHour debate with Arnab Goswami?