Arnab Goswami bids adieu as editor-in-chief of Times Now to start his own

Popular prime-time news debate host Arnab Goswami 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.

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.

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’,has enjoyed over 70% share of the prime-time audience for the past 8 years. Arnab 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.

Goswami was recently given “Y category” security cover from the government after the Intelligence Bureau perceived a threat to his life from “Pakistan-based terrorists groups”. He was to get 24-hour protection from around 20 security personnel, including two personal security officers, who will guard him from close distance.
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