Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief and President (News) of Times Now and ET Now, resigned from the group and broke the news to his team Tuesday in a short farewell speech. As his team members applauded, Arnab said, “The game has just begun.”
On Thursday, a 3- minute video of Goswami’s speech was leaked on the internet in which the prime time anchor – known for his aggressive style of conducting debates – was seen telling his team that they should not lose faith in independent media.
“Nobody can teach us independent media. It has come and I have been able to do it only because of you,” Arnab, in an emotional tone, told the team. Goswami also casually apologised to his team for ‘shouting at them’. “I only did it because I wanted this channel to be at the top,” he added.
At a CII summit in October, Goswami had mentioned the need for an Indian media brand operating on a ‘global stage.’ He also talked about an Indian media company that would challenge the ‘hegemony’ of western media groups.
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“He said he doesn’t want to gather moss, he wants to be a rolling stone,” a senior journalist told The Indian Express.
Goswami shot to popularity for his daily prime time debate show ‘The News Hour’ that is reported to bring in over 60 per cent revenue for the news channel and has a dedicated audience base across the country. He also conducts detailed interviews with politicians, sportspersons and celebrities on ‘Frankly Speaking’, the most recent being with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He resigned after working at the top for 10 years at Times Now. Prior to that, Goswami had worked for similar duration at NDTV where he hosted a show with senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.