Arnab Goswami’s farewell speech leaked: ‘The game has just begun,’ he said

Arnab Goswami worked earlier at NDTV where he hosted a show with senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2016 6:15 pm
goswami-lead Arnab Goswami (left), Editor-in-Chief of Times Now and ET Now news channels, gave a farewell speech in front of his team members

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.”

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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.

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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.

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    Ram
    Nov 4, 2016 at 8:33 am
    Patriotic journalism is needed to counter anti national communist propaa journalism. Arnab you did it perfect duty of journalism and wish to see you do it on international level. All the best.
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      Alex Pandian
      Nov 5, 2016 at 12:30 am
      Times has lost its star attraction, it going to loose much viewers.
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        Alex Pandian
        Nov 5, 2016 at 12:36 am
        Hey Kajal go finish you house cleaning instead of sneaking into Indian web sites.
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          Rehan Roy
          Nov 5, 2016 at 5:28 am
          Arnab will be remembered for voicing the nation's conscience; asking questions to the powerful and corrupt, which we desired; evoking patriotic feelings when our brothers died at border and for not mincing words in calling spade a spade, calling terrorist 'a terrorist' , not son of a headmaster. I and millions like me support and wish him a great success in his next media venture
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            amitava ghosh
            Nov 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm
            Arnab is arnab and is indispensable.Timesnow will never be able to retain its no.1 position without him.Perhaps his honesty is too big much for others to digest.
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              avd
              Nov 4, 2016 at 10:24 am
              As a TV News Anchor Arnab Goswami stood first in all news channels.His first quality is to respect and honor our nation first at all cost which many lacks.
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                Raj
                Nov 4, 2016 at 10:49 am
                Harvard is not Oxford - note that there is a difference, Harvard never had Oxford Union! Oxford is Oxford, Harvard is more similar to Cambridge.
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                  Raj
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 4:07 am
                  I think this began with the official Congress boycott of News Hour, for a while, the Congress Party has been reprimanding everyone appearing on his Times Now show. They started this trend, and everyone who Goswami offended started threatening a boycott. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So, as his views suggest - note independence - someone high up has complained to his bosses, who took issues to him, as a result, he has protected his integrity.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mind you, Goswami is a very poor journalist - but, a grade a debater. I think his link (if any) with the Oxford Union shows. He is a good anchor (due to the factual Infotainment factor). His style was unique to him, and his ability is reflective of where Times Now is now. I think he created that spot - I am sure, he will create a space for himself. Sardesai / Ghosh / Thapar left CNN IBN, they found India Today, I am sure this gentleman will find a space somewhere.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Quite frankly, India's Bill O'Reilly (I don't identify with right wing politics anywhere though) will find space for himself.
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