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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
Nationality Indian
Education Hindu College, Delhi University, Mount St Mary's School, New Delhi
St Antony's College, Oxford
Occupation Managing Director, Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Republic TV
Years active 1995–present
Organization Republic 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 of the news channel Republic TV which he cofounded along with Rajeev Chandrasekhar.[2][3]

Goswami was the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of the Indian news channel Times Now and ET Now, from 2006 to 2016.[4][5] On Times Now, he anchored The Newshour, a live debate, that aired at 9 pm (IST) weekdays on the channel.[6][7][8] He also hosted a special television programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab.[9][10] On 1 November 2016, Goswami resigned as Editor-in-Chief of Times Now.[3][11] His news channel Republic TV was launched on 6 May 2017.[12][13]

Early life and education

Goswami was born in Guwahati, Assam on 9 October 1973 to an Assamese Brahmin family.[14][15][16] His paternal grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami, was a lawyer, a Congress leader and an independence activist.[16] His maternal grandfather, Gauri, was a Communist and leader of the opposition in Assam for many years.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

As an army officer's son, he attended schools in various cities. Arnab has a Bachelor's (Hons.) in Sociology from the Hindu College in Delhi University.[20][21][22] In 1994 Arnab completed his Master's in Social Anthropology from St. Antony's College, in Oxford University.[23]

In 2000, Arnab was a Visiting D C Pavate Fellow at the International Studies Department at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.[24]



Before joining NDTV in 1995 Arnab Goswami started his career in The Telegraph in Kolkata;[25] 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.[26] 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,[27] 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.[28] His show The Newshour is aired at 9 pm with live news coverage, which has featured notable personalities like Parvez Musharraf.[29] He also hosts a special programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab,[30] which has featured personalities such as Benazir Bhutto[31] and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown,[32] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai,[33] retired head of state of the Tibetan Government in Exile Dalai Lama,[34] former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,[35] and was the first to interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he took office in 2014.[36] He has also written a book named Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge.[37] On 1 November 2016, Goswami resigned as the Editor-in Chief of Times Now.[3][38]

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.[39][40] Within a week of its launch, Republic TV topped the BARC charts for viewership among English news channels in India.[41]

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.[42] 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.[43]


Some commentators have criticized Goswami for his style of TV panel discussion.[44][45][46][47] 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?"[48] 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."[49]

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 Tuesday, May 16, 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 May 6 and May 8.[50][51][52][53][54]

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'.[55] "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"[55] 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."[56]

Tharoor defamation case

On May 26, 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.[57][58] On May 29, 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."[59]

Controversial remark over keralite

On Aug 25. 2018, 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.[60]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[61] Later Republic TV uploaded the full video of the debate[62].Seconds before Goswami begins his “this group is shameless” monologue, the program shows a clip of CM Vijayan talking about the purported relief fund. The clip posted on social media does not show the first few minutes of the debate. Many viewers believed that he was referring to Keralites with his “this group of shameless people” remark. He kept referring to an imaginary bunch of people who conspired to spread an alleged lie. But the news originated from the Chief Minister’s Office, was carried out by multiple media outlets, including Republic TV and then shared by citizens on social media.

News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) of India notice

On 30th August 2018, News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) of India issued a notice to Republic TV to display a full-screen apology on it's news channel for the use of the words 'vulgar thug', 'lewd', 'sexist', 'pervert', 'goon', 'hyena' and 'anti-Indian' for A. Singh by Arnab Goswami. This was said on the television channel while alleging that A. Singh was harassing the Republic TV reporter Shivani Gupta.[63][64][65][66][67]


Goswami has been nominated for and received several awards:


  1. ^ Ranjan Goswami, Arnab (28 January 2017). "Arnab's full signed letter". Twitter (from handle of @swamy39).
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  3. ^ a b c Arnab Goswami resigns as Editor-in Chief of Times Now | The Indian Express
  4. ^ Arundhati Roy. "Arundhati Roy: Mumbai was not India's 9/11 | World news". Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Television news will dominate 50% of the revenues: Arnab Goswami". 22 January 2014. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  6. ^ Anuradha Raman. "Wrecking News".
  7. ^ Hartosh Singh Bal. "The Arnab Cast of Characters".
  8. ^ Shahjahan Madampat. "The Nation Will Skewer You Now".
  9. ^ "Rahul Gandhi's first interview: Full text – Times Of India". 27 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  10. ^ "The Gandhi-Goswami Smackdown – India Real Time – WSJ". 27 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
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  12. ^ "Arnab Goswami's Republic TV launched; here's how to watch it live on phone". Business Standard, India. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Arnab Goswami's Republic first Indian news channel to air live on Hotstar". Business Standard, India. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Award to Arnab Goswami". The Assam Tribune. Guwahati. 18 January 2010. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  15. ^ "Interview in News time Assam". News Time Assam.
  16. ^ a b c "The Soil Beckons". Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  17. ^ "Books Released". The Sentinel. Guwahati. 18 February 2014.
  18. ^ "BJP finally a force to reckon with in Assam". The Indian Express. Guwahati. 6 March 1998.
  19. ^ Team, NL. "Arnab Goswami's BJP connection in Assam". Newslaundry. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  20. ^ "Arnab Goswami Quits TimesNow". BW Online Bureau - 1 November 2016.
  21. ^ "Distinguished Alumni - Hindu College".
  22. ^ "Arnab Goswami resigns from Times Now ?". ILT. 1 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Speakers of 2015". Confederation of Indian Industries- CII - 25 October 2016.
  24. ^ "Arnab Goswami: Story of a Famous TV Anchor". CareerPlot.
  25. ^ "Arnab Goswami's last day at Times Now: Anchor won't host The Newshour anymore, says CEO which was for a stint less than a year". FirstPost Staff. 18 November 2016.
  26. ^ a b "NEW DELHI TELEVISION LIMITED" (PDF). Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  27. ^ "Diversity in programming is crucial to NDTV". Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  28. ^ "DETAILED COVERAGE: TRANSCRIPT". Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  29. ^ "Excl: Musharraf says ISI did not hide Osama – 2". Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  30. ^ a b "Arnab Goswami receives Society Young Achievers award". Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  31. ^ "Benazir denies backroom deal with Musharraf".
  32. ^ "UK stance on Pak elections 'very clear': Brown". Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  33. ^ "Mullah Omar is I Pakistan, says Karzai". Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  34. ^ "Thukchuk Lachungpa on Karmapa controversy-II". Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  35. ^ "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.
  36. ^ "PM Modi's Interview With Arnab Goswami Full Transcript".
  37. ^ Goswami, Arnab (2002-01-01). Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge. Har-Anand Publications Pvt. Limited. ISBN 9788124108512.
  38. ^ "Arnab Goswami quits Times Now". The Hindu. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  39. ^ "Arnab Goswami's Republic TV Launch".
  40. ^ "What's the fuss about Arnab Goswami's Republic TV, which went live today?". Business Standard, India. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  41. ^ "BARC Weekly Impressions".
  42. ^ "The Debate with Arnab Goswami". Republic TV.
  43. ^ "Nation Wants To Know with Arnab Goswami". Republic TV.
  44. ^ "Arnab Goswami-style journalism is killing the essence of debates". Firstpost. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  45. ^ "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.
  46. ^ "The monster in the mirror". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  47. ^ "From India's anchor to embarrassing self-parody: How Arnab Goswami lost the plot". Sandip Roy. Firstpost. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  48. ^ "Zehn ki loot: The plunder of reason by Arnab Goswami". Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  49. ^ "The Arnab Cast Of Characters". Outlook. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  50. ^ "Times Group files criminal complaint against Arnab Goswami for IPR breach". Business Standard. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  51. ^ "Times Group files complaint against Arnab Goswami accusing Republic TV of theft". Scroll In. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  52. ^ "Times Now files criminal case for stealing against Arnab Goswami of Republic TV". The Economic Times. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  53. ^ "Times Group files police complaint against Arnab Goswami for alleged copyright infringement". Indian Express. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  54. ^ "Times Group Files Theft Complaint Against Arnab Goswami". Outlook Web Bureau. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  55. ^ a b "Wrecking News – Anuradha Raman". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  56. ^ Anil Wanvari. "Indian Television Dot Com – "The journalism I follow is journalism of opinion:" Arnab Goswami". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  57. ^ "Congress leader Shashi Tharoor files defamation case against Republic TV's Arnab Goswami". Indian Express. May 26, 2017.
  58. ^ "'Had enough...': Shashi Tharoor files defamation case against Arnab Goswami". Hindustan Times. May 26, 2017.
  59. ^ "Shashi Tharoor defamation case: 'Bring down the rhetoric', Delhi HC tells Arnab Goswami". Indian Express. May 29, 2017.
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  62. ^ "Full video of debate".
  63. ^ "Broadcasters Body Asks Republic TV's Arnab Goswami to Apologise For Misreporting". The Wire. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
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  68. ^ "Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism". The Indian Express. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  69. ^ "And the awards go to..." The Indian Express. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2013.

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