MUMBAI: In what is seen as a major development in the media industry, senior journalist Arnab Goswami has resigned as the Editor-in Chief of the news channel Times Now, according to sources. While no independent confirmations were available on the development, sources say he announced his decision at an editorial meeting with his staff on Tuesday.
Twitter posts by industry insiders indicate that Goswami anchored his last show for the news channel on Tuesday night. “Its true, Arnab Goswami has quit @TimesNow an incredible journey comes to an end,” Harini Rana, the channel’s sports editor tweeted.
Goswami joined Times Now during its launch in 2006 as its Editor-in Chief. While he was lauded for introducing an unique style of news presentation by certain sections, he was also criticised for being judgmental by others. However, Arnab’s high-volume NewsHour debates helped the channel climb ahead of other players. According to media monitoring website exchange4media, “Newshour by Arnab has commanded over 70 per cent share of the audience for the last eight years.”
Unconfirmed reports claimed that Goswami was planning to start a news channel with entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar of Jupiter Capital and American media baron Rupert Murdoch. Jupiter Capital owns several regional television channels including Asianet Network in Malayalam and Kannada Prabha and Suvarna News in Kannada. Other reports also claimed that Goswami might join the Fox News network owned by Murdoch. Express could not confirm the veracity of these reports.