He is an Indian journalist and anchors a show on Republic Media Network. He is the managing director and Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV; before coming to Republic TV, he worked as an anchor in Times Now and ET Now (2006-2016). He has also served in the NDTV for a brief period and the Telegraph. He used to appear on Times Now with his show called "The Newshour". It was a live- debate that used to air on weekdays at 9 PM. His show Frankly Speaking with Arnab also became popular, where he used to interview leading figures from politics, entertainment, sports, etc. Arnab resigned from Times Now as Editor-in-Chief and came up with his Republic TV channel in May 2017.
His place of birth is Guwahati, Assam, born on 7 March 1973 in Assamese Family. His father's name is Manoranjan Goswami retired from the Indian Army as a colonel after being in service for 30 years. He also contested Guwahati Lok Sabha Poll but did not win the constituency. Goswami's mother is an author, and her name is Suprabha Gain- Goswami. Samyabrata Ray Goswami is married to Arnab. Ray is a journalist, and she is co-owner of Republic Media Network. They have been blessed with a son, and his son's name is Che Goswami. Che Guevara was a revolutionary leader.
Being an army officer's son, he had attended various schools across India. He did class 10 from Mount St Mary's School, New Delhi, and class 12th from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jabalpur Cantonment. He obtained a Bachelor's degree from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He did his master's from St. Antony's College at Oxford University in Social Anthropology.
Career Graph of Arnab Goswami
A Stint at The Telegraph and NDTV
He had worked as a journalist in Telegraph in Kolkata, but in a short period, he shifted to New Delhi and started working in NDTV. He worked in NDTV from 1996-2006. He used to come as an anchor on the NDTV show. After leaving NDTV, he moved to Times Now as Editor-in-Chief. Times Now was recently launched at that time. Arnab's show Newshour aired notable and powerful personalities like Parvez Musharaff. With his show Frankly Speaking with Arnab, he interviewed high-profile personalities like former the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, retired head of state of the Tibetan Government in Exile, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Benazir Bhutto, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. He became the first journalist and news anchor to interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi after just taking office in 2014. He quit the Times Now, and the reason he stated newsroom politics, editorial differences, and lack of journalistic freedom.
His Show and Channel
Republic Tv gets funds from Asianet, and Asianet receives funds from Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Rajeev Chandrasekhar is a member of Rajya Sabha, which has close ties with the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party and vice-president of the National Democratic Alliance, but he later quit all the ARG Outlier Asianet News Pvt Ltd responsibilities. He said that he has formally joined the Bhartiya Janta Party, and it is best in his interest that he should resign from the board. Some of the major investors in the group are Educationist Ramakanta and Ramdas Pai and his wife. All of them have invested through SARG Media Holding Private Limited. Arnab purchased a major portion of shares held by Rajeev Chandrasekhar and his company, Asianet News Media and Entertainment. Goswami reached the total ownership and, in a statement issued by them, it is said that Arnab holds 82% shares of Republic TV. The company holds 99% equity in digital infrastructure.
Editor's Guild Resignation Episode
In a live television show, Arnab announced his resignation from the Editor Guild in the wake of the Palghar Mob Lynching. Arnab levelled accusations against Shekhar Gupta that he is compromising on journalism for not speaking against this issue. Maharashtra Power Minister Nitin Raut made a complaint, and Nagpur Police filed a First Information Report against Arnab Goswami. The FIR filed against Goswami included charges like promoting enmity between two groups on religion or race, provocation with intent to cause a riot, and other sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Being an Author
Arnab wrote a book called Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge in 2002.
Nature of Journalism
His journalism has always been criticized, and questions have been levelled against his partial nature of reporting. Experts in journalism have opinionated that he favours the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party on many occasions and situations. Critics have pointed out that he avoids criticism of the ruling party and always presents opposition in the poor limelight. Goswami is also known that he has popularised the two terms: Anti-National and Urban Naxal. These terms he uses for those who criticize the right-wing ideology. It is alleged that he tries to evoke hyper-nationalism and jingoism in the audience. His news channel is like North Korean media, which tries to muzzle dissent and has a close affinity toward the state.
1. Tharoor Defamation Case
Shashi Tharoor, an Indian Parliamentarian, on 26 May 2017, lodged a civil defamation suit against Arnab and his media network in the Delhi High court. Arnab, in his show, claimed that Tharoor had a role in the Sunanda Pushkar case. Judges of the High court came down very heavily on the media group.
2. Statements Over Keralites
A 30-second clip was circulating on social media in 2018 where he called a group "the most shameless bunch of Indians I have ever seen". He was discussing the foreign aid for flood-hit Kerala state. Later it was revealed that these remarks were not for the people of Kerala but the "Tukde- Tukde Gang" leftist people.
3. News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) Case
NBSA of India asked for a full-screen apology on 30 August 2018 from the Republic Tv network for using foul language against a group of people at a political rally and harassing one of his journalists. They removed the video clip and account from YouTube. They did not comply with the NBSA order and filed an appeal in court. NBSA again asked Republic media in October 2019 for a public apology after the media network resisted complying in the matter of Arnab accused of standard prohibitions on racial and religious stereotyping violations. He did not follow the order.
4. Palghar Mob Lynching
Numerous FIR was registered against Arnab Goswami in connection with the Palghar Mob Lynching case, and he was accused of spreading misinformation and using inflammatory language.
5. Uddhav Thackeray vs Arnab Goswami
A taxi driver and 2 republic tv journalists were arrested from the farmhouse of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on trespassing charges. The issue became a confrontation point between Arnab Goswami and Uddhav Thackeray's Government. His group demanded the immediate release of his journalist from the Government. They also made allegations that the Shiv Sena threatened him with the Channel Republic Bharat and Republic TV blackout.
6. Suicide Case
Police detained Arnab Goswami on the charges of abetment of suicide of Anvay Naik on 4 November 2020 under the Indian Penal code sections 305 and 34. In his suicide note, Naik accused three people, including Arnab, of non-payment of dues as a reason cited for committing suicide, but Arnab was granted interim bail from the Supreme Court of India on 11 November 2020.
7. Television Rating Manipulation Case
Mumbai Police started an inquiry against the potential manipulation of selected TRP points. They received a complaint against these activities, and they started their inquiry on that basis. In a complaint, the name of several people cropped up, like Partho Das Gupta, former CEO of the Broadcast Audience Research Councill. Police accused Das broadcasted fake viewership ratings to cheat advertisers. Such allegations were levelled against Republic, more specifically against Arnab. Mumbai Police confiscated the phone and several chats communicated between Arnab and Partho Das Gupta. Police included Whatsapp messaging service in their charge sheet. These chats were leaked to the public that showed a close connection between Arnab and Partho Das Gupta, indicating TRP manipulation. Gupta and Arnab were subjected to severe criticism and condemnation for their malice practices after the messages were leaked into the public domain. News Broadcaster of India demanded suspension of Republic Media network from Indian Broadcasting Foundation citing leaked messages. Several legal actions were demanded against Arnab Goswami.
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Personal Life of Arnab Goswami
Achievements, Awards, and Honours
Affairs and Girlfriends
He had purchased a house in Mumbai at 4 crores, and now the current value stands at 14 crore rupees. The house is fitted with modern amenities and is luxurious.