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.