New Delhi: Arnab Goswami, renowned television journalist and editor-in-chief of Times Now and ET Now has reportedly resigned from his post.
As per reports by News Minute, Goswami announced his decision to quit and start his own venture in an editorial meeting.
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.
It is likely that 1 November will be the last time Goswami’s 9pm Newshour debate will be aired on Times Now.
Goswami made the announcement in a room full of Times Now employees in Mumbai with the bureaus like Delhi joining via video conferencing. The channel staff responded with stunned silence. Goswami’s prime-time show is primarily responsible for Times Now’s consistent high ratings and his absence is likely to hurt Times Groups’s 24×7 English news channel in a highly competitive market.
Started in 2005, it took Times Now a couple of years to catch up with Arnab leading the charge with his firebrand version of heated TV debates.
Goswami had recently returned from a week long vacation in Maldives. Sources within the Times Group indicate that Arnab Goswami may have been in discussions with another organisation to set up a new television and digital news venture for the past six months. It was also indicated that at least a handful of Times Now employees will move to the new project along with him. In Arnab’s words, the new project will be a “formidable competition to BBC and CNN.”