Arnab Ranjan Goswami is an Indian journalist and television news anchor, who is the editor and majority owner of the news channel Republic TV. He is also president of News Broadcasting Association’s governing board.
Before Republic TV, Goswami was the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of Times Now and ET Now, from 2006 to 2016. Previously, he had also served stints at NDTV and The Telegraph. On Times Now, he anchored The Newshour, a live debate at 9 pm (IST) weekdays, which propelled him to widespread fame. He also hosted a special television programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab. On 1 November 2016, Goswami resigned as Editor-in-Chief of Times Now. His news channel Republic TV was launched on 6 May 2017.
He has been accused of opinionated reporting in support of Bharatiya Janata Party and Hindutva across a wide spectrum of situationsincluding by uncritical reproduction of government narratives, avoiding criticism of figures from the ruling party (BJP) and presenting political opponents in a negative light.
Goswami had won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (TV) in 2008.
|Real Name||Arnab Ranjan Goswami|
|Profession||Journalist, Book Editor,
|Famous for||Indian News Anchor|
|Date of Birth||07-Mar-73|
|Age(as in 2020)||47 years|
|Home Town||Guwahati, Assam|
|School||Mount St. Mary’s School, Delhi Cantonment, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jabalpur Cantonment|
|College/University||Hindu College, Delhi University, Oxford University, England|
|Educational Qualification||Graduation in Sociology, Masters in Social Anthropology|
|Address||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Drinks Alcohol?||Not Known|
Birth & Early Life
Goswami was born in Guwahati, Assam on 7 March 1973 to an Assamese family. His paternal grandfather Rajani Kanta Goswami was a lawyer. His maternal grandfather, Gaurisankar Bhattacharyya, was an elected legislator from the Communist Party of India and served as the leader of the opposition in Assam for many years. Goswami’s father Manoranjan Goswami served in the Army before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party; he had lost the 1998 Lok Sabha Polls for the Guwahati constituency to Congress candidate Bhubaneshwar Kalita. Goswamy’s mother is Suprabha Gain-Goswami, an author.
Goswami’s maternal uncle, Siddhartha Bhattacharya is the incumbent BJP MLA from Gauhati East constituency; he was the head of the Assam unit of the party before Sarbananda Sonowal took over in 2015.
An army officer’s son, he attended schools across various cities and passed his 10th Standard board exams from St Mary’s School in Delhi Cantonment and his 12th Standard board exams from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Jabalpur Cantonment. Goswami has a Bachelor’s (Hons.) in Sociology from the Hindu College in Delhi University. In 1994 Goswami completed his Master’s in Social Anthropology from St. Antony’s College, in Oxford University, where he was a Felix Scholar.
In 2000, Goswami was a Visiting D C Pavate Fellow at the International Studies Department at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.
Goswami started his career with The Telegraph in Kolkata; less than a year later, he moved to Delhi and joined NDTV. Arnab has mentioned of having a strong connection with the city, despite his exceptionally short stint.
In NDTV, he anchored daily newscasts including News Tonight, a programme telecast on DD Metro. Newsnight, hosted by him won him an award for the Best News Anchor of Asia 2004 in the 2004 Asian Television Awards.
In 2002, he wrote a book — Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge. In 2006, Goswami left NDTV to join the newly-launched Times Now news channel, as the editor-in-chief .
His show The Newshour is aired at 9 pm with live news coverage, which has featured notable personalities like Parvez Musharraf. He also hosts a special programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab, which has featured personalities such as Benazir Bhutto and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, retired head of state of the Tibetan Government in Exile Dalai Lama, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and was the first to interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he took office in 2014.
Goswami resigned as Editor-in-Chief of Times Now on 1 November 2016 citing editorial differences, lack of journalistic freedom and newsroom politics. He hosted the last edition of his flagship show The Newshour Debate, a fortnight later. Incidentally, the Newshour has been subject to an ongoing investigation by Ofcom, the UK government-approved regulatory authority for broadcasting, during the months of August and September and it went on to hold TimesNow guilty of violating the impartiality clause of its broadcast code.
Republic TV was funded in part by Asianet, which was primarily funded by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a then-independent member of Rajya Sabha who had intricate links with Bharatiya Janata Party and was vice-chairman of the National Democratic Alliance in Kerala. Rajeev later announced his resignation as the director on the board of ARG Outlier Asianet News Pvt Ltd, the company that owns Republic TV,He stated that he took this decision since he officially joined the BJP and it was in the best interest of Republic TV’s brand and team that he no longer serve on the board.Among other major investors were Goswami, his wife, educationists Ramdas Pai and Ramakanta Panda—all of whom invested through SARG Media Holding Private Ltd.
Goswami was the Managing Director as well the Editor-in-Chief; the channel was launched on 6 May 2017 as a free-to-air channel. Chitra Subramaniam was roped in as the editorial adviser and numerous personas associated with Times Now in various roles joined the channel.
On May 2019,Arnab Goswami bought a chunk of shares held by Rajeev Chandrasekhar-promoted Asianet News Media & Entertainment to gain near full ownership.Later Republic Media Network released a statement stating that Goswami personally owns over 82 per cent stake in Republic TV and that the company also owns 99 per cent equity in the downstream digital entity that controls the digital assets of the network.
It was the most watched English news channel in India for 100 weeks in a row since its founding; Arnab Goswami was noted to be a critical factor behind the favourable public reception.
Resignation from Editors Guild
On 21st April 2020, during his live shows arnab resigned from Editors Guild accusing the editors guild of bias. At Palghar, Maharashtra, on 16th April 2020, mob killed two sadhus and a driver. A section of media initially potrayed the incident as two theives were killed. Arnab questioned Shekhar Gupta about his silence and why the media is giving false information repeatedly. On 20 April 2020, Goswami declared on live television his immediate resignation as a member of the Editor’s Guild of India. While doing so, he condemned Shekhar Gupta and other journalists for their silence in over the lynching of two Hindu sanyasis (monks) at Palghar.
Arnab and his style of journalism, has been subject to massive criticism. Modi’s supporters often get their news from Republic TV, which features shouting matches, public shamings, and scathing insults of all but the most slavish Modi partisans. Founded in 2017 with B.J.P. support, Republic TV stars Arnab Goswami, a floppy-haired Oxford graduate who acts as a kind of public scourge for opponents of Modi’s initiatives.
In a typical program, from 2017, Goswami mentioned a law mandating that cinemas play the national anthem, and asked whether people should be required to stand; his guest Waris Pathan, a Muslim assemblyman, argued that it should be a matter of choice.
Why can’t you stand up? – Goswami shouted at Pathan. Before Pathan could get out an answer, he yelled again, Why can’t you stand up? What’s your problem with it?
Pathan kept trying, but Goswami, his hair flying, shouted over him:- I’ll tell you why, because—I’ll tell you why. I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you why. Can I tell you? Then why don’t you stop, and I’ll tell you why? Don’t be an anti-national! Don’t be an anti-national! Don’t be an anti-national.
He has been noted for his opinionated reporting in support of Bharatiya Janata Party and Hindutva across a wide spectrum of situations including by uncritical reproduction of government narratives, avoiding criticism of figures from the ruling party (BJP) and presenting political opponents in a negative light. Arnab has been also linked with the popularisation of the neologisms — Urban Naxal and Anti-national — to denote those critical to right wing sentiments or the government, in a bid to evoke hyper-nationalism among the audience. Attempts to quell communal tensions through irresponsible reporting containing religious overtones have been alleged.
Republic TV has been since compared to North Korean media for its extreme pro-government affinity and muzzling of dissent; noted political scientist Christophe Jaffrelot and journalist Dexter Filkins have compared it to Fox News, an American TV channel that practices biased reporting in favour of the Republican Party. Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, over Business Standard, noted it to be a “noisy, chaotic place where coherent debate without shouting, screaming and name-calling is impossible”; others have noted of its shows to be a “battle of babble”, judgmental, brash and hawkish. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, in a Foreign Policy article, noted its coverage of the 2019 India-Pakistan conflict, to put jingoism ahead of journalism.
Fact checkers have documented him, and his channels to have propagated outright fake or dubious news, on multiple occasions.
Favorite things of Arnab Goswami
|Favorite Film||Not Known|
|Favorite TV Show||Not Known|
|Favorite Singer||Lata Mangeshkar|
Marital Status and More
|Controversies||On the morning of 4 November 2020, he was arrested in a joint operation by the Raigad police and the Mumbai Police from his home in Mumbai in connection with abetment to suicide case of an architect, Anvay Naik, who designed Arnab’s studio. After Mr. Naik and his mother were found dead at their home in Alibaug, Maharashtra in 2018, Mr. Naik’s wife claims that in a suicide note he had mentioned that Mr. Goswami was responsible for his death.|
|Salary (Approx.)||Rs. 1 Crore/Month|
|Net Worth||$60 Million|
Social Media Presence
Family Background & Relationship
Arnab Goswami was born on 9 October 1973 in Guwahati city of Assam. He was born into a well-known Brahmin family in Guwahati, Assam. Arnab’s father Majoranjan Goswami is a retired colonel. His mother Suprabha Goswami is a homemaker and writer. His grandfather Rajinikanth Goswami was a lawyer, Congress leader, and a freedom fighter. Goswami maternal grandfather Gaurishankar Bhattacharya was the leader of another party in Assam for many years. Arnab Goswami’s wife’s name is Pipi Goswami. They also have Two Children.
Tharoor defamation case
Also that month, parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor filed a civil defamation case in the Delhi High Court against Goswami and Republic TV in connection with the channel’s broadcast of news items from 8 to 13 May claiming his link in his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death in 2014. Seeking the channel’s response, Justice Manmohan of the High Court said, “Bring down the rhetoric. You can put out your story, you can put out the facts. You cannot call him names. That is uncalled for.”
Remark over Keralites
On 25 August 2018, according to The Week news magazine, 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. He further added the people who are criticising the government of India in this regard are ‘anti-national’, ‘paid agents’ and ‘shameless’. Keralites have showered the Facebook and Twitter accounts of Republic TV and Arnab Goswami with ridiculing comments in protest. After being fact-checked by several news portals, it was finally revealed that Goswami’s “most shameless bunch of Indians I have ever seen” comment did not refer to Keralites but he was actually targeting the “Tukde-Tukde Break India forces”, “Leftists” and some twitter handles that spread fake news about the 700 crore flood relief aid from the UAE.
News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) censures
On 30 August 2018, News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) of India demanded Republic TV to tender a full-screen apology for use of multiple objectionable words to describe a bunch of people at a political rally, who were harassing one of his journalists. Republic TV “removed the video from its website and YouTube account” after receiving the complaint but refused to comply with the NBSA order, instead filing an appeal.
In October 2019, RepublicTV was again asked to broadcast a public apology, after the channel declined to co-operate in a case accusing Goswami of violating the standard prohibitions on racial and religious stereotyping and instead commented on NBSA to have engaged in “intense pseudo-judicial oversight”. Republic TV did not abide by the order; incidentally, Goswami was the convener of the committee that drafted the code, years back.
Awards & Honors
Goswami had won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (TV) in 2008.
On 8 December 2019, he was unanimously elected as the President of News Broadcasting Federation, a newly formed federation of about 78 channels, which sought to replace NBSA.
Some Facts about Arnab Goswami
- Arnab was born into a Brahmin family.
- He started his career as a journalist in Kolkata’s famous newspaper “The Telegraph”.
- In the year 1995, he joined NDTV and 3 years later he became the news editor of NDTV.
- He served as a news anchor with Rajdeep Sardesai in the famous news channels DD Metro and Star News.
- In the 1998 general election, his father Manoranjan Goswami contested from the Guwahati region on behalf of the BJP and lost to Congress candidate Bhubaneswar Kalita.
- His grandfather Rajinikanth Goswami was a lawyer and a Congress leader. While his maternal grandfather Gaurishankar Bhattacharya was an activist of the Communist Party in Assam.
- His father was employed in the Indian Army, due to which his father used to transfer and this is why his childhood was spent in different cities.
- Arnab Goswami’s first TV interview was of Sonia Gandhi.
- In the year 2002, Arnab wrote his first book Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge.
- In the year 2004, Goswami was awarded the Asia Award for Best News Anchor.
- The biggest feature of Arnab Goswami’s live news anchoring is that he asks some fast-paced questions without a script, the answer to which remains stunned.
- In the year 2015, Arnab Goswami played the hour of Bombay Stock Exchange on the 140th anniversary of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). He became the first journalist to do so.
- His sister is serving in the Indian Army.
- The most important coverage of Arnab Goswami has been – 26/11 Mumbai bomb blast attack. Where Goswami anchored non-stop for 65 consecutive hours. Which no journalist has done till now in India.
- He considers the singer of Assam, the late Bhupen Hazarika as his idol.