Arnab Goswami resigns from Times Now ?

Arnab Goswami resigns from Times Now ? Arnab Goswami, the renowned television journalist, and the Editor-in-Chief of Times Now and ET Now has resigned.

Popular prime-time news debate host Arnab Goswami was learnt to have resigned as the editor-in-chief of Times Now, The News Minute reported on Tuesday. The move, apparently in favour of turning an entrepreneur and starting his own venture, came after several days of murmurs about his likely exit, the report added.

Arnab Goswami resigns from Times Now ?

According to some employees of Times Now who did not wish to be named, Goswami told the editorial team that he believed in the media and would continue in the television business. Many sources in the organisation said he might start a news channel with politician and entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar and American media baron Rupert Murdoch. It was also rumoured that Goswami might join the popular UK news organisation, Fox News.

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.

Goswami, the editor-in-chief and president, news, Times Now and ET Now, has been anchoring popular news shows on Times Now since 2006. His talk show ‘The Newshour’, according to Exchange for Media, has enjoyed over 70% share of the prime-time audience for the past 8 years.

Exchange for Media added: “Goswami has led Times Now to leadership in less than a year of the launch of the channel in 2006. Since 2007, he has maintained and increased the dominance of Times Now.” His interview-based show ‘Frankly Speaking with Arnab’ is one of the most followed interview on television.

As editor-in-chief of Times Now, Goswami is known to have popularised a new brand of news coverage, criticised by some for its high-decibel arguments.

Soon after the word of his resignation came out, microblogging site Twitter was abuzz with posts on ‘Times Now’ and ‘Arnab Goswami’. These two topics were among the top trending topics on Tuesday evening.

Started in 2005, it took Times Now a couple of years to catch up with Arnab leading the charge with his firebrand version of heated TV debates.

Goswami had recently returned from a week long vacation in Maldives.

Sources within the Times Group indicate that Arnab Goswami may have been in discussions with another organisation to set up a new television and digital news venture for the past six months. It was also indicated that at least a handful of Times Now employees will move to the new project along with him. In Arnab’s words, the new project will be a “formidable competition to BBC and CNN.”