Arnab Goswami gone, what happens to Times Now now?

Arnab Goswami revamped the landscape of journalism in India.

Written by Radhika Iyengar | Updated: November 3, 2016 4:16 pm
Arnab goswami, Newshour, Times Now, Arnab Goswami talk show, Arnab Goswami resigns, Arnab Goswami now, Times Now news, India news A decade ago, no one would have guessed that Arnab Goswami will to power at this scale.

The news of Arnab Goswami’s resignation sent tremors across newsrooms. Social media however, went berserk. It was a loss that seemed unfathomable. Twitter felt it had lost one of its favorite journalists that it enjoyed lampooning. Without Arnab, there could be no jokes. Without Arnab, there could be no throw-your-head-back-and-laugh-till-your-stomach-hurts GIFs. Without Arnab there could be no home-made videos featuring his unforgettable dialogues that could go viral.

A decade ago, no one would have guessed that Arnab Goswami will rise to power at this scale. Without warning, he became the self-proclaimed mouthpiece for the nation. He revamped the landscape of journalism in India. The traditionalists refused to acknowledge Arnab’s brand of journalism. The Newshour, Arnab’s carefully crafted show, was TimesNow’s rendition of saas-bahu episodes, where Arnab played the protagonist. His journalism was the kind that involved blaring on the television screen, imposing his opinions onto his viewers while refusing to allow his panelists speak. In a way, it’s good that the pioneer of popcorn journalism has resigned. The country, however, it seems, cannot accept it — and neither can TimesNow.

Over the last two days, the channel has been flashing, “Arnab will be back tomorrow night” to placate a growing tribe of viewers who worship him, and perhaps itself. One wonders what would happen to the channel? At TimesNow, Arnab meticulously sculpted his image as a news demigod for Indian audiences, metamorphosing into a brand. He accumulated a viewership of inimitable scale and has been regarded as one of the most influential journalists. Up until now, TimesNow piggy-backed on his ride to success. Now that he is leaving the channel, a move that seems unprecedented and unfathomable, what will happen to TimesNow — a channel whose identity is inextricably linked to its star anchor? Undoubtedly, the channel will face grave repercussions.

While some breathe a sigh of relief that Arnab has resigned, many enjoy the intelligent jokes twitterati is cracking on social media. Arnab hasn’t quit journalism though. He intends to return with a full swing with a brand new channel. If he succeeds, that might be the death knell for Indian broadcast journalism. And he’ll make sure it ends with a bang, not a whimper.

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    Indurjit
    Jan 4, 2017 at 11:04 am
    I am from Scotland and I must say i've enjo watching the debate when you were on, it is not the same anymore without you. Come back.
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      Indurjit
      Jan 4, 2017 at 11:00 am
      I think you were the best and still are.It is not worth watching the debate anymore, not without you.
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        Iyer
        Nov 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm
        Arnab was doing one of the best journaLISM WITH A TWIST WHICH WAS ENVY FOR JOURNALIST LIKE PRONNOY RAY, RAJDEEP, RAHUL KANWAR ,BURKHA DUTT AND lt;br/gt;KARAN THAPAR.lt;br/gt;THESE GUYS WERE DISGUSTING AND LICKING CONGRESS AND LEFT PARTY IDEOLOGY AND GLORYFYING JNU AND MINORITY COMMUNITIES FOR SAKE OF CREATING CHAOS IN THE COUNTRY.lt;br/gt;THEIRS WAS A TRASH JOURNALISM AND NONE HAD FLARE LIKE aRNAB.
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          Chander Pal
          Nov 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm
          At least he does not follow the language of teesta, kanhaiya, the ultra negative A K, Kashmiri separatists etc.
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            Keerthana
            Nov 3, 2016 at 1:35 pm
            Atleast he has his head and heart in the right place. In a world infested with leftist press, he took up the right causes. Barkha Dutt, Sagarika Ghosh, and the brigade of journalists that tow the Pak line will be happy.
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              Kc
              Nov 5, 2016 at 4:18 am
              Jealous people envy arnab. Achieving not even half of what he has done. Losers. He is indias greatest journalist. Ever.
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                Poornima Poornima
                Nov 3, 2016 at 4:14 pm
                Arnab's format might be unacceptable to such elitist, intellectual groups. But he does make valid points and spares no one when putting together facts from the past which normally politicians love to forget or conveniently side step. Such a one-sided article - i wonder how this qualifies for good journalism. I will any day settle for the loud format Arnab presents.
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                  Syrah
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 2:33 am
                  Missing Arnab GoSwamy,,we really wants to see him again in times channels..
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