Arnab Goswami, the renowned television journalist, and the Editor-in-Chief of Times Now and ET Now has resigned. According to a report in the News Minute, Goswami announced his decision to quit and start his own venture in an editorial meet. Goswami was the Editor-in-Chief and President, News, for Times Now and ET Now. The report added that Goswami said he will continue with the television world.
Within a minute of the news report, Twitter predictably erupted with reactions. Times Now and Arnab Goswami have started trending on the social media network. Fans and critics are flooding Twitter with reactions, wondering where Arnab Goswami is headed, and the reason for his decision.
Arnab Goswami is widely credited for taking Times Now to new highs, and his two shows, The News Hour Debate and Frankly Speaking with Arnab, were often seen as trendsetters. His most recent interview that had invited wrath and praises, in equal measure, was with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a rare instance, Goswami had written a blog, slamming his contemporaries, who had targeted him for the ‘meek’ questions he posed to PM Modi.
In a three part reply to those who questioned his tone in the interview, Arnab had said, “There were some ridiculous questions on my tone. Was I soft? Why didn’t I raise my voice like on Newshour? Why did I keep referring to the Prime Minister as “Mr Prime Minister”? Three answers should silence this industry that obsesses about me. First, I used the same tone with Rahul Gandhi. If this industry is disappointed with how he let them down, its not my problem. Second, Frankly Speaking is an interview and The Newshour is a debate, both are therefore different styles and formats. And finally, “Mr Prime Minister” is the most appropriate reference point when you are speaking to the Prime Minister.”
Highlighting his channel’s achievements over the last few years, Arnab had said, “For the last ten years, Newshour and Frankly Speaking have defined the news agenda in India.” “Frankly Speaking has scooped every big interview, from Rahul Gandhi to Mr Modi, and that is because the protagonists and participants know that we attract a far greater viewership than all other channels put together,” he had hit out.