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Arnab Goswami
Arnab Goswami Times Now.jpg
Arnab Goswami in 2011
Born
Arnab Ranjan Goswami[1]

(1973-10-09) 9 October 1973 (age 45)
Guwahati, Assam, India
NationalityIndian
EducationHindu College, Delhi University, Mount St Mary's School, New Delhi
St Antony's College, Oxford
OccupationManaging Director, Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Republic TV
Years active1995–present
OrganizationRepublic TV
Notable credit(s)
The Newshour,
Frankly Speaking with Arnab

Arnab Ranjan Goswami (born 9 October 1973) is an Indian journalist and television news anchor. He is the managing director and majority owner[2][3] of the news channel Republic TV which he cofounded along with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a member of Rajya Sabha representing the BJP.[4][5]

Goswami was the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of the Indian news channel Times Now and ET Now, from 2006 to 2016.[6][7] On Times Now, he anchored The Newshour, a live debate, that aired at 9 pm (IST) weekdays on the channel.[8][9] He also hosted a special television programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab.[10][11] On 1 November 2016, Goswami resigned as Editor-in-Chief of Times Now.[5][12] His news channel Republic TV was launched on 6 May 2017.[13][14]

According to a 2015 biography by the Financial Times, Goswami's show "The Newshour" was India’s most-watched English-language political show, his independence, depth of coverage and "kangaroo court" news anchor style had made him "one of the country’s most controversial public figures".[6] His post-2016 media venture Republic TV has been the most watched English news channel in India for 100 weeks in a row since its founding.[2] In February 2019, Goswami's channel was temporarily number two, while the public broadcaster DD India became the most watched English news channel.[3][15]

Early life and education

Goswami was born in Guwahati, Assam on 9 October 1973 to an Assamese Brahmin family.[16][17][18] His paternal grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami, was a lawyer, a Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader and an independence activist.[18] His maternal grandfather, Gaurisankar Bhattacharyya, was a Communist and leader of the opposition in Assam for many years.[18] He was a writer and a recipient of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Award. Arnab Goswami's father is Colonel (Retd.) Manoranjan Goswami and his mother is Suprabha Gain-Goswami.[19] Manoranjan has been a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and contested the 1998 Lok Sabha Polls as the BJP candidate for the Guwahati to Lok Sabha of Assam where he was defeated by Congress candidate Bhubaneshwar Kalita.[20] His maternal uncle, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, a BJP MLA from Gauhati East constituency, was the head of the Assam unit of the party before Sarbananda Sonowal took over in 2015.[21]

As an army officer's son, he attended schools in various cities. He passed his 10th Standard board exams from St Mary's School in Delhi Cantonment and his 12th Standard board exams from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Jabalpur Cantonment.[22] Arnab has a Bachelor's (Hons.) in Sociology from the Hindu College in Delhi University.[23][24][25] In 1994 Arnab completed his Master's in Social Anthropology from St. Antony's College, in Oxford University,[26] where he was a Felix Scholar. [22]

In 2000, Arnab was a Visiting D C Pavate Fellow at the International Studies Department at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.[27]

Career

NDTV

Before joining NDTV in 1995 Arnab Goswami started his career in The Telegraph in Kolkata;[28] He later shifted his career in TV news broadcast with NDTV 24x7 in 1995, where he anchored daily newscasts, and reporting for News Tonight a programme telecast on DD Metro.[29] Later as the news editor, he was part of NDTV's core team during the transition from programme producer to the 24-hour mode in 1998.[citation needed] He hosted the Newshour show every weeknight. Newshour was the longest running news analysis shown on any channel (1998–2003).[citation needed] As a Senior Editor with NDTV 24x7, he was responsible for the overall editorial content of the channel.

He hosted one of the channel's top rated news analysis show Newsnight,[30] which won him an award for the Best News Anchor of Asia 2004 in the 2004 Asian Television Awards.

Times Now

Goswami with Hillary Clinton (centre) and Aamir Khan (right) at an event in Mumbai, in July 2009

Since 2006, Goswami was the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of the Times Now news channel.[31] His show The Newshour is aired at 9 pm with live news coverage, which has featured notable personalities like Parvez Musharraf.[32] He also hosts a special programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab,[33] which has featured personalities such as Benazir Bhutto[34] and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown,[35] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai,[36] retired head of state of the Tibetan Government in Exile Dalai Lama,[37] former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,[38] and was the first to interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he took office in 2014.[39] He has also written a book named Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge.[40] On 1 November 2016, Goswami resigned as the Editor-in Chief of Times Now.[5][41]

Republic TV

Goswami is the Managing Director, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of the news channel called Republic TV which was launched on 6 May 2017.[42][43] Within a week of its launch, Republic TV topped the BARC charts for viewership among English news channels in India.[44]

His new show The Debate with Arnab Goswami airs everyday at 9 pm and 10pm featuring notable personalities from diverse fields debating on political, social and current issues.[45] He also hosts a special program Nation Wants To Know, which has featured prominent personalities such as Yogi Adityanath, Arun Jaitley, Amit Shah, A. R. Rahman and Hrithik Roshan.[46]

Reception

Praise

A 2016 biography of Goswami published by the Entrepreneur magazine states that his ability to connect with his viewers combined with his courage of conviction even at the cost of "his own public image and annual profits" is one of the qualities that helps him excel in the Indian media.[47] He is "loud, arrogant and brash", traits that make some people dislike him, but this direct style is also in part why some people love watching his show.[47] The Entrepreneur calls him "not afraid of putting his point" in front of any powerful political leader or party, and speak without compromise in simple, straight language the issues he considers important.[47] This quality, along with his penchant for doing his homework, dig facts and "throw pointed questions" has made him the most watched anchor among the Indian audience, according to the Entrepreneur. He is both criticized and defended on social media, thereby attracting followers to the issues he likes to debate.[47]

The Financial Times quotes his conviction to be "I don't believe in creating an artificial consensus, which some people are comfortable with. So if there is something wrong, you can ask yourself two questions: Why did it happen? Will the people who did it go unpunished?".[6] This was published as the "Quote of the Week" by the World Bank.[48]

Criticism

Some commentators have criticized Goswami for his style of TV panel discussion.[49][50][51][52] Kavita Krishnan, a Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) (CPI-ML) affiliated activist, criticized Goswami's stance on sensitive issues and stated that "When channels and newspapers brand terror accused as "terrorists", or rape-accused as "rapists" and orchestrate the chant for the death penalty for them; when they act as stenos or loudspeakers for the police or investigative agencies in terror cases; are they not doing grievous harm and endangering people's lives and safety? Are they not conveying allegations as guilt?"[53] Caravan magazine editor Hartosh Singh Bal referred to Arnab Goswami's anchoring as "scripted drama" and called him "happy to play a role."[54] Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, in a Foreign Policy magazine article, has called the coverage by Goswami – and other Indian media anchors – of the early 2019 India-Pakistan conflict after the suicide terror attack at Pulwama as putting jingoism ahead of journalism.[55]

Times Group lawsuit

Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd, also known as The Times Group, has filed a criminal complaint against Arnab Goswami, the former editor-in-chief of the group's Times Now. In a complaint filed on 16 May 2017 with the Azad Maidan Police Station, Mumbai, the BCCL accused Goswami and Prema Sridevi of theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of BCCL's intellectual properties by using the material on Republic TV on 6 May and 8 May 2017.[56][57][58]

The Newshour reception

Goswami's heated discussions during The Newshour has invited criticism from newsweekly Outlook running a cover story titled 'The Man Who Killed TV News'.[59] "Newshour is where Arnab plays judge, the audience the jury", the report stated, adding that "On key news events, Arnab has emerged as The Great Polariser, his acid tongue stripping complex issues of all nuance"[59] Goswami, in a key note address to Goafest, defended his brand of journalism by stating, "The journalism I follow is journalism of opinion and is not PR driven. If my opinion helps bringing about a change, I will opine and not shy behind the wall of neutrality."[60]

Tharoor defamation case

On 26 May 2017, MP Shashi Tharoor filed a defamation case in the Delhi High Court against Goswami in connection with Republic TV's story the alleged truth behind the death of Shashi's wife Sunanda Pushkar, where his channel claimed that Tharoor was closely linked with his wife's death.[61][62] On 29 May 2017, The Delhi High Court issued notice to Arnab and his news channel Republic TV over Shashi Tharoor's defamation plea, stating "Bring down the rhetoric."[63] On 6 March 2019, the Delhi High Court dismissed Goswami and the Republic TV’s petition that sought to quash a court’s order to register a First Information Report against them.[64]

Controversial remark over Keralite

On 25 August 2018, according to The Week news magazine, Arnab Goswami was lambasted on social media after a 30 second video clip of him purportedly calling "a group" the "most shameless bunch of Indians I have ever seen" went viral on social media while discussing blocking foreign aid destined for the flood hit state of kerala.[65] He further added the people who are criticising the government of India in this regard are 'anti-national', 'paid agents' and 'shameless'.This been subjected to the wrath of Malayalis in social media. Keralites have showered the Facebook and Twitter accounts of Republic TV and Arnab Goswami with ridiculing comments in protest[66]

News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) of India notice

On 30 August 2018, News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) of India demanded Republic TV a full-screen apology on its news channel for the use of the words 'vulgar thug', 'lewd', 'sexist', 'pervert', 'goon', 'hyena' and 'anti-Indian' for A. Singh by Arnab Goswami. According to The Wire, Goswami's Republic TV reportedly "removed the video from its website and YouTube account" after receiving the complaint.[67][68] Republic TV alleged that A. Singh was harassing its TV reporter Shivani Gupta, refused to apologise on air, and filed an appeal to the NBSA demand.[69]

Awards

Goswami has been nominated for and received several awards:

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