Arnab Goswami

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Arnab Goswami
Arnab Goswami Times Now.jpg
Arnab Goswami at WikiConference India 2011
Native name অৰ্ণৱ গোস্বামী
Born (1973-10-09) 9 October 1973 (age 42)
Guwahati, Assam, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Assamese[1][2][3]
Education Hindu College, Delhi University
St. Antony's College, Oxford[4]
Occupation News Anchor and Editor in Chief of Times Now
Years active 1995–present
Notable credit(s) The Newshour,
Frankly Speaking with Arnab
Religion Hinduism

Arnab Goswami is an Indian journalist who is the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of the Indian news channel Times Now and ET Now.[5][6] The Newshour, a live debate anchored by him, is aired at 9 pm (IST) weekdays on Times Now.[7][8][9] He also hosts a special television programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab.[10][11]

Early life and education

Goswami was born in Guwahati, Assam on 9 October 1973[12] to a well known Assamese Brahmin family. He comes from a family of eminent jurists. His paternal grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami, was a lawyer, a Congress leader and an independence activist.[3] His maternal grandfather, Gauri Sankar Bhattacharya, was a Communist and leader of the opposition in Assam for many years.[3] He was a writer and a recipient of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Award. Arnab Goswami's father is Colonel (Retd.) Manoranjan and his mother is Suprabha.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

As an army officer's son,[3] he attended schools in various cities. Arnab has a Bachelor's (Hons.) in Sociology from the Hindu College in Delhi University.[16] In 1994 Arnab completed his Master's in Social Anthropology from St. Antony's College, in Oxford University.[16] In 2000, Arnab was a Visiting D C Pavate Fellow at the International Studies Department at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.[16]


Before joining NDTV in 1995 Arnab Goswami started his career in "The Telegraph" in Calcutta,[17] which was for a stint less than a year.

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.[18] 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,[19] which won him an award for the Best News Anchor of Asia 2004 in the 2004 Asian Television Awards.

Goswami is the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of the Times Now news channel since 2006.[20] His show The Newshour is aired at 9 pm with live news coverage, which has featured notable personalities like Parvez Musharraf[21] and Rahul Bajaj. He also hosts a special programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab,[22] which has featured personalities such as Benazir Bhutto[23] and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown,[24] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai,[25] retired head of state of the Tibetan Government in Exile Dalai Lama,[26] former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,[27] and a host of prominent Indian personalities from politics, sports, films, and the corporate world. He has also written a book named Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge.[citation needed]


Arnab Goswami is often critisiced for his news presentation.[28][29][30][31] Kavita Krishnan critisiced 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?"[32] Caravan magazine editor Hartosh Singh Bal referred to Arnab Goswami's anchoring as "scripted drama and he's often happy to a play a role."[33]

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'.[34] "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"[34] 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."[35]

Shahjahan Madampat of Gulf News described Newshour as "Nightly tyranny"[36]



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  2. ^ "He is the best known Assamese face in the world". Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d "The Soil Beckons". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
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  5. ^ Arundhati Roy. "Arundhati Roy: Mumbai was not India's 9/11 | World news". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Television news will dominate 50% of the revenues: Arnab Goswami". 22 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. [dead link]
  7. ^ Anuradha Raman. "Wrecking News". 
  8. ^ Hartosh Singh Bal. "The Arnab Cast of Characters". 
  9. ^ Shahjahan Madampat. "The Nation Will Skewer You Now". 
  10. ^ "Rahul Gandhi's first interview: Full text – Times Of India". 27 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Gandhi-Goswami Smackdown – India Real Time – WSJ". 27 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Award to Arnab Goswami". The Assam Tribune. Guwahati. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Books Released". The Sentinel. Guwahati. 18 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "BJP finally a force to reckon with in Assam". The Indian Express. Guwahati. 6 March 1998. 
  15. ^ Team, NL. "Arnab Goswami's BJP connection in Assam". Newslaundry. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  16. ^ a b c Deepti Verma (2 January 2016). "Interesting Facts About Arnab Goswami". India Opines. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  17. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ a b "NEW DELHI TELEVISION LIMITED" (PDF). Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Diversity in programming is crucial to NDTV". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "DETAILED COVERAGE: TRANSCRIPT". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Excl: Musharraf says ISI did not hide Osama – 2". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  22. ^ a b "Arnab Goswami receives Society Young Achievers award". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Benazir denies backroom deal with Musharraf". 
  24. ^ "UK stance on Pak elections 'very clear': Brown". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "Mullah Omar is I Pakistan, says Karzai". Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "Thukchuk Lachungpa on Karmapa controversy-II". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  27. ^ "Townterview Hosted by Arnab Goswami of Frankly Speaking on Times Now at St. Xavier College". Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  28. ^ "Arnab Goswami-style journalism is killing the essence of debates". Firstpost. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  29. ^ "Times Now left embarrassed: Arnab Goswami rapped by NBSA, channel fined Rs 50,000 for reporting in biased manner in Jalseen Kaur eve-teasing case". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  30. ^ "The monster in the mirror". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  31. ^ "From India's anchor to embarrassing self-parody: How Arnab Goswami lost the plot". Firstpost. Retrieved 13 July 2016.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  32. ^ "Zehn ki loot: The plunder of reason by Arnab Goswami". Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  33. ^ "The Arnab Cast Of Characters". Outlook (magazine). Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  34. ^ a b "Wrecking News – Anuradha Raman". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  35. ^ Anil Wanvari. "Indian Television Dot Com – "The journalism I follow is journalism of opinion:" Arnab Goswami". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  36. ^ "Nightly tyranny on India's small screen". Gulf News. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  37. ^ "Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism". The Indian Express. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  38. ^ "And the awards go to...". The Indian Express. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 

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