Arnab Ranjan Goswami popularly known as Arnab Goswami was born on 9 October 1973. He is an Indian journalist and television news anchor. He is also the managing director of the news channel Republic TV which he cofounded along with Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Goswami was the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of the Indian news channel Times Now and ET Now, from 2006 to 2016. On Times Now, he anchored The Newshour, a live debate, that at 9 pm (IST) weekdays on the channel. 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.
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Being Audacious Anchorman
Being the son of an army officer, Goswami attended various schools across the country. He appeared for his Class X board exams at Mount St. Mary’s School in Delhi Cantonment, and for his Class XII board exams at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Jabalpur Cantonment. Goswami’s grandfathers were eminent personalities too. His paternal grandfather was a freedom fighter, lawyer and Congress leader; and his maternal grandfather was a Communist and leader of the opposition in Assam. Although Goswami was a shy kid, he enjoyed debating at school. Feeding his interest in the study of human society, Goswami completed his BA (Hons.) Sociology from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He then secured his Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. In the same year, 1994, Goswami returned to India to join The Telegraph office in Kolkata as a journalist. He wasn’t very happy with print journalism and started looking for opportunities in television. Goswami left his first job within a year.
Goswami had always been a passionate journalist. Be it his first TV interview with Sonia Gandhi; or his will to report live from the sight of 2001 Nepalese Royal Massacre, despite being attacked by an angry Nepali mob. Goswami wrote a book called ‘Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge,’ and was also a Visiting D C Pavate Fellow at the International Studies Department, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge in 2000. Despite all of this, he wanted to quit journalism in 2002. Goswami did not like the system of “mutual cooperation, sycophancy and corruption” and believed that journalism in India missed the “ideal activism and dissent.” Eventually, Goswami got his way of journalism with Times Now.
The one trait that worked quite well for Arnab Goswami was his openness to change, which may have been developed during his childhood days at different schools. He was ready to leave print journalism for television, then he left the political capital of India for Mumbai, and also decided to change his way of journalism by exercising his freedom of expression. The journalist who was once ashamed to one, created opportunities for himself to practise his own kind of journalism that was not comfortable, by “asking the toughest question to the most important person.”