Arnab Goswami is an Indian News Correspondent and the ex-Editor-in-Chief of the News Portals ET Now and Times Now. Arnab also hosted The Newshour, which is a live debate that aired every weekday at 9PM on the channel. It is one of the most widely watched news debate programs in India. He is also the anchor of a special TV program called Frankly Speaking with Arnab.
Early Life and Education
Arnab Goswami was born in Guwahati, Assam on 9 October 1973 to a renowned Assamese Brahmin couple. His family is famous in their hometown as eminent jurists. His grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami, was a Congress leader, lawyer and independence activist. His maternal granddad, Gauri, was the Opposition Leader. Gauri was a writer and was awarded the Assam Sahitya Sabha award.
Arnab’s father, Retired Colonel Manoranjan Goswami is an eminent name in the Bharatiya Janata Party and had contested in the 1998 polls on a BJP ticket from Guwahati. However, he was defeated by Congress candidate Bhubaneshwar Kalita.
Siddhartha Bhattacharya, his maternal uncle, was the head of the Guwahati East Constituency and the Assam unit of BJP till 2015 when Sarbananda Sonowal took over.
Being an Army kid, Arnab grew up in numerous parts of India and attended schools in different cities. Arnab holds a Bachelors (Honors) in Sociology from Delhi University, and he completed his Master’s from Oxford University in 1994.
Goswami started his career in The Telegraph, a prominent newspaper in Kolkata. However, he lasted less than a year, and moved on to NDTV in 1995. Arnab later moved on to anchoring TV news broadcasts in 1995 with NDTV 24×7, where he hosted daily newscasts.
Arnab also hosted News Tonight, a news program on the DD Network. When NDTV was in the midst of a major reshuffle in 1998, transforming into a 24-hour news broadcaster, Arnab Goswami was a part of the core team.
He was the emcee of the Newshour Show, which aired every weeknight, and was the longest-running news analysis of the time. As the senior Editor of the channel, Arnab was in charge of curating content for the channel. He has also won the Best News Anchor of Asia 2004 award in the same year for hosting Newsnight.
From NDTV to Times Now, Arnab Goswami made the move in 2006. His shows Frankly Speaking with Arnab and Newshour have hosted some of the biggest names in the world, such as Parvez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto, Rahul Bajaj, Narendra Modi, Hamid Karzai, Gordon Brown, Hillary Clinton and the Dalai Lama, to name a few.
Kavita Krishnan, Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association, had criticized Arnab’s stance on delicate situations. According to her, when news portals brand rape-accused as ‘rapists’ and terror suspects as ‘terrorists’, igniting public hatred against them asking for their death penalty, or when the same channels act as the Government and the Police’s stenos, voicing their opinion to the public, they are causing potential damage to the society while endangering public safety, lives and property.
Goswami’s work has often been criticized in the past and has also been termed ‘scripted’ by his journalists, activists and people from other walks of life.
Another round of criticism was carried on after Outlook, a newsweekly, released a report with the cover story ‘The Man Who Killed TV News’. The target was Arnab and Newshour, which was often in the critics’ radar for being a biased event. Arnab is criticized for being a judge rather than a moderator and his pathological habit of interrupting according to some, has met with much criticism.
Fellow journalist Barkha Dutt from NDTV launched a scathing attack on Facebook, criticizing Arnab Goswami in no uncertain terms, for mud-slinging anchors from other channels and calling them as partisans of terror perpetrating voices.
Arnab Goswami memes and jokes are a sheer outcome of the man’s unending popularity.
The Most Popular Figure in Indian Journalism
Barring all the noises against him, Arnab Goswami has enjoyed mass popularity for his disruptive demeanor towards journalism.
Arnab has defended his style of journalism by saying that what he does is not PR-driven. He claims that if his opinions can bring a change then he will not shy away from stating what’s on his mind by taking the neutral route. To the credit of Arnab Goswami, he brought a huge amount of change to news and news debate, making them livelier and interesting, rather than mundane and passive. Within one year of the launch of Times Now (2006), he made the TV channel rise up to number 1 position, primarily due to his style of news breaking and debates.
Arnab Goswami – wife
Arnab is married to Pipi Goswami, his batchmate from his Delhi University days. The couple met as Pipi spoke Bengali and wasn’t fluent in Assamese, she found it difficult to communicate with most of her batchmates. Arnab speaks both languages fluently. It is said that Arnab proposed Pipi after he saw her caring and helpful nature. The couple exchanged their vows in the mid 90’s, after Arnab returned from the UK.
- Despite being known as the rude, outspoken and a no-nonsense medial personality, Arnab Goswami is quite the opposite in his personal life. He is approachable, humble and soft-spoken.
- He has written a book titled ‘Combating Terrorism – A Legal Challenge’
- His one-liners are nothing short of headlines and are quite popular. Example, ‘The Nation Wants to Know’, ‘You Can’t Run from These Tough Questions’
- Arnab Goswami is a popular face of internet memes and there are numerous Facebook pages titled Arnab Goswami Jokes.
- The News Anchor is a Newsmaker, often acting as the judge, even before the investigations have concluded.
- The man has changed the face of India journalism, whether one likes it or not.
- 2003 – Runner Up, Asian Television Award for the Best Anchor or Presenter
- 2007 – Society Young Achievers Award for excellence in the field of Media
- 2010 – News Live’s Assamese of the Year Award and Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, presented by The Indian Express Group
Resignation from the Times Now Network
He resigned from his position as the Editor-in-Chief of Times Now on 1 November 2016. He is believed to be working on plans to commence his own media platform in association with corporate entities.
Even though the details are not disclosed, Arnab stated at a media conference that ‘the game has only begun’. He is rumored to join Fox News or might start a channel in association with Rupert Murdoch and Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
Arnab Goswami – Salary and Net Worth
His monthly salary is in the $150,000 range while his annual net worth is over $2 Million. Arnab Goswami is a tycoon in the Indian media sector.