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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First Published on: November 2, 2016 3:11 am
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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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                    Chirag Shah
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 7:01 am
                    I will miss the true discussion
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                      Harendra Kumar
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 5:08 am
                      I cant believe that Mr,Arnab is no more with Times now.If possible please come back Arnab Sir..........
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                        Madhumi
                        Nov 2, 2016 at 7:49 am
                        Arnab Goswami is the most valuable et for India, and India should protect him. Arnab, we all true Indians are with you. Arnab Goswami is one of the very few honest journalists remaining in India. While most English channels and newspapers seem to have been sold out to anti-national and corrupt elements, Arnab's Times Now NewsHour set new standard in journalism. He showed complete patriotism and honesty in his news coverage. For all Indians, Arnab Goswami was a hope Because of his pority, other corrupt media channels were under pressure to correct themselves to return to the path of true and honest journalism. No wonder, honesty and patriotism has many enemies. He naturally became enemy of the terror elements, and enemy of the most Corrupt Party in India, which boycotted his shows.
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                          Mini pillai
                          Nov 4, 2016 at 8:46 pm
                          Now me going to stop watching Times Now. I am sure Arnab will come up with something better. My wishes to him for his future endeavours.
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                            radhakrishna chattopadhyay
                            Apr 26, 2017 at 2:15 am
                            times now has just a little money power to dishonor arnab goswami, but this channel must know if it is closed no harm will result any way- but his absence matters a lot
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                            Rehan Roy
                            Nov 2, 2016 at 5:51 am
                            Arnab voiced the anguish of average Indians, was one of the first in national media to debate against rampant corruption scandals in UPA regime. He has been news trend setter for the last ten years with no parallel in intensity and gravity as a news anchor striking pertinent questions to the guilty. And, obviously many with other interests see the problem in him.
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                              Nak
                              Nov 6, 2016 at 5:43 am
                              Looks like the Jain family couldn't stand him anymore.Probably made them sick of his obnoxiousness like he did any right thinking person.Good riddance to a true jerk.Hope we never see him again.
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                                Neha
                                Nov 22, 2016 at 4:05 pm
                                Plz Arnab come back .... We don't want to watch times now without you 😑😒
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                                  Peggy
                                  Nov 16, 2016 at 3:34 pm
                                  I live in USA. Watch AG daily.lt;br/gt;religiously. My day is not complete till I see his debates.lt;br/gt;Love love him.lt;br/gt;He will be missed sooo much!😂
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                                    Peggy
                                    Nov 16, 2016 at 3:37 pm
                                    Please get him back!!!lt;br/gt;He is irreplaceable!!!!lt;br/gt;The channel will not be the same!
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                                      Shobha nair
                                      Nov 3, 2016 at 6:54 pm
                                      There can never b another Aranab Goswami on any channel. Debates and hammering away his point is arnab's forte. Plz come back soon Arnab and unearth those stories and events which are hidden by corrupt ppl
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                                        SubbuI
                                        Nov 2, 2016 at 6:52 am
                                        SWATCH BHARATH JOURNALISM MOVEMENT.gt;1ST WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;ARROGANT JOURNALISM gt; 2nd WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;NOICEY DEBATESgt; 3rd WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;INSULTS TO DEBATORSgt; 4th WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;BAISED DEBATES/ JOURNALISMgt; 5th WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;GLORIFYING BJP/RSS JOURNALISM gt; 6th WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;HERO WORESHIPPER OF NALAYAK NMODIgt; 7th WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;ACE LIAR IN DEBATESgt; 8th WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;OVER SMART JOUNNALISMgt; 9th WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;IGNORANT JOUNRALISMgt; 10th WICKET DOWNlt;br/gt;INNINGS EXTRAS- PERVERTED NO BALLS- 20 RUNSlt;br/gt;TOTAL ABSURD REMARKSgt; 21WIDESlt;br/gt;TOTAL EGOIST REMARKS gt; 22 OVER THROWSlt;br/gt;IN SUMMARY ARNAB TEAM ALL OUT FOR NO LOSS AND CONTINUED
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                                          Abhishek Bharti
                                          Nov 2, 2016 at 4:42 am
                                          Good for Arnab. The television media is working at its lowest.....see how media activists are creating news based on conjectures, in the name of breaking news arousing negative feelings in people, putting sectarian strife, trying to create one single thought.....
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                                            AjuThomas
                                            Nov 2, 2016 at 5:17 am
                                            Arnab was not a journalist. He was as just a TRP booster for his political bosses.
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