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Arnab Goswami

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Arnab Goswami
Arnab Goswami Times Now.jpg
Arnab Goswami at WikiConference India 2011
Born (1973-10-09) 9 October 1973 (age 42)
Guwahati, Assam, India
Education Hindu College, Delhi University
St. Antony's College, Oxford[1]
Occupation News Anchor and Editor in Chief of Times Now
Years active 1998 – present
Notable credit(s) The Newshour,
Frankly Speaking with Arnab

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.[2][3] The Newshour, a live debate anchored by him, is aired at 9 pm (IST) weekdays on Times Now.[4][5][6] He also hosts a special television programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab.[7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

Goswami was born in Guwahati, Assam on 9 October 1973.[9][10] He comes from a family of eminent jurists. His paternal grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami, was a lawyer, a Congress leader and an independence activist.[11] His maternal grandfather, Gauri Sankar Bhattacharya, was a Communist and leader of the opposition in Assam for many years.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

As an army officer's son,[11] he attended schools in various cities. Arnab has a Bachelor's (Hons.) from Sociology from the Hindu College in Delhi University.[9] In 1994 Arnab completed his Master's from Social Anthropology from St. Antony’s College, in Oxford University.[9] In 2000, Arnab was a Visiting D C Pavate Fellow at the International Studies Department at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.[9]


Before joining NDTV in 1995 Arnab Goswami started his career in "The Telegraph" in Calcutta,[14] 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.[15] 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,[16] 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.[17] His show The Newshour is aired at 9 pm with live news coverage, which has featured notable personalities like Parvez Musharraf[18] and Rahul Bajaj. His notable accomplishments include stepping up with the 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, interviewing over 200 politicians and analysts during the Trust Vote in October 2008 within a span of 26 hours of live anchoring and hosting the 26/11 Mumbai Terror attacks for over 65 hours.[19] He also hosts a special programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab,[20] which has featured personalities such as Benazir Bhutto[21] and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown,[22] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai,[23] retired head of state of the Tibetan Government in Exile Dalai Lama,[24] former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,[25] 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]

The Newshour reception[edit]

Goswami's heated discussions during The Newshour has invited criticism from newsweekly Outlook running a cover story titled 'The Man Who Killed TV News'.[26] "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"[26] 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." [27]



  1. ^ "Arnab Goswami - Times Now". Times of India. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Arundhati Roy. "Arundhati Roy: Mumbai was not India's 9/11 | World news". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Television news will dominate 50% of the revenues: Arnab Goswami". 22 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Anuradha Raman. "Wrecking News". 
  5. ^ Hartosh Singh Bal. "The Arnab Cast Of Characters". 
  6. ^ Shahjahan Madampat. "The Nation Will Skewer You Now". 
  7. ^ "Rahul Gandhi's first interview: Full text – Times Of India". 27 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Gandhi-Goswami Smackdown – India Real Time – WSJ". 27 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d Deepti Verma (2 January 2016). "Interesting Facts About Arnab Goswami". India Opines. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Award to Arnab Goswami". The Assam Tribune (Guwahati). 18 January 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c "The Soil Beckons". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Books Released". The Sentinel (Guwahati). 18 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "BJP finally a force to reckon with in Assam". The Indian Express (Guwahati). 6 March 1998. 
  14. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ a b "NEW DELHI TELEVISION LIMITED" (PDF). Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Diversity in programming is crucial to NDTV". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "DETAILED COVERAGE: TRANSCRIPT". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Excl: Musharraf says ISI did not hide Osama – 2". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Bearing witness to events affects the course of conflict". Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Arnab Goswami receives Society Young Achievers award". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Benazir denies backroom deal with Musharraf". 
  22. ^ "UK stance on Pak elections 'very clear': Brown". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Mullah Omar is I Pakistan, says Karzai". Retrieved 4 August 2011. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Thukchuk Lachungpa on Karmapa controversy-II". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "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. 
  26. ^ a b "Wrecking News - Anuradha Raman". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  27. ^ Anil Wanvari. "Indian Television Dot Com - "The journalism I follow is journalism of opinion:" Arnab Goswami". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  28. ^ "Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism". The Indian Express. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  29. ^ "And the awards go to...". The Indian Express. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 

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