Arnab Goswami quits Times Now: Here’s what he told the newsroom

Although Goswami did not declare his plans, the senior journalist said, he spoke about his “dream of an independent media”.

Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2016 11:54 am
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ARNAB Goswami, Editor-in-Chief and President (News) of Times Now and ET Now, told his team on Tuesday that he had resigned from the group. He convened a meeting of his “core team” around 4.30 pm and told them that he had “just come after putting in his papers”, a correspondent who attended the meeting told The Indian Express.

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Goswami hosts the raucous talking-head daily debate on Times Now’s flagship show, The Newshour, at 9 pm, which has spawned several imitations on other channels.

A senior journalist, who was present at the meeting attended by about 50 staff members, said that Goswami had an hour-long conversation during which he spoke about how everything at Times Now was “hand-picked” by him, and “built from scratch”.

Although Goswami did not declare his plans, the senior journalist said, he spoke about his “dream of an independent media”. The senior journalist said Goswami told them that he “didn’t want to get stuck in the television media” as it exists today. Goswami said that “he wants to lead” the change that the media will go through, mentioning digital journalism.

“He said he doesn’t want to gather moss, he wants to be a rolling stone,” the senior journalist said adding that Goswami said he would “like to keep up with the times” which he “can’t do in his current role.”

Goswami had spoken along similar lines at The Big Picture summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi on October 25. There, he had mentioned that over the next few years he could see a media brand from India operating on a “global stage.” He has also talked about an Indian media company that challenges the “hegemony” of Western media groups.

The senior journalist said that Tuesday’s meeting was quite pleasant, even though “there was stunned silence in the room”. Not many were surprised given that there had been a buzz about his exit for a while but “this place worked on a very personal connect with him,” the senior journalist said.

Navika Kumar, Times Now’s political editor told The Indian Express that “there was no such finality” on when the last episode of Goswami’s prime-time debate show will air and that “nothing is known so far” about his last day in his current role.

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    Kamal
    Mar 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm
    arnab was my favourite I was never miss his 9pm debate now I left watching times now he should come back
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      ashok
      Mar 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm
      lately saw his video talks on you tube, and knew about him as one who stands for what his conscience says, a cl apart from the rest. not yielding or compromising...wish him a success in launching his channel, and be the lead and an example to budding journalists and other media agencies in our country who are looked upon as second most un-trusted in the world..obviously corrupt!
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        M.Hanmanth Rao,
        Mar 12, 2017 at 6:35 pm
        No one else can replace Arnab Goswami. We miss him a lot on the show.
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          raj
          Feb 9, 2017 at 11:34 am
          I was wondering what happened to arnab for sometime since I didnt see him in newshour. only today after googling I read about him leaving times now. Its a pity I wont see his newshour.
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            varun
            Feb 14, 2017 at 10:45 am
            Mr Arnab Goswami, Please make a come back with high voltage debates.
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              varun
              Feb 14, 2017 at 10:34 am
              times now minus arnab not happening
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                varun
                Feb 14, 2017 at 10:34 am
                times now minus arnab not happening
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                Chandra Gonsalves
                Nov 15, 2016 at 3:45 pm
                Arnab Goswami will be missed.My day is not complete without watching him.We have lost a great person but I am sure he will come with a BANG.
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