“When a baby cries in a village, the mother tells him ‘be quiet or I will send you on News Hour with Arnab Goswami!'” Well, not quite, but that statement does reflect the almost cult-like following that the former Times Now anchor has acquired. Which is why we decided to go all filmy, Bollywood-ishtyle, as we pondered what some of the greatest films would have said about his sudden departure!
Sources said he announced his resignation at an editorial meeting, who also suggested that the resignation follows his desire to start something of his own.
Goswami started his career in The Telegraph in Kolkata. But within a year he joined NDTV in 1995. The journalist led the TV news channel since 2006, and Times Now has maintained the No 1 slot for eight consecutive years, according to an Exchange4Media report.
The 9 pm news slot will be a void that many will clamour to fill, but for now it seems like an uncomfortable quiet will rule the nights. Even Diwali has just gone by, and this explosion (as one Twitterati pointed out) came a day after.
‘Never ever ever ever again’ in the near future will people bear witness to debates that would challenge acceptable decibel levels, be more entertaining than an Ekta Kapoor serial, ask uncomfortable questions that Nation wants to know (whether the said Nation knew of its query or not), guests being reduced to tears on live TV or throwing mics and stomping off with such delicious frequency.
There are so many questions in the minds of the news-watching Indians, it just ain’t funny!
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