Over the last ten years, Arnab Goswami had made himself into a brand. In the entire media fraternity of India, there was no journalist considered more powerful than Assam lad Goswami. However, with rise comes fall. Goswami who had been asking questions on the behalf of the nation at 9 pm everyday on his daily show ‘NewsHour’ on Times Now had to bear a not so graceful exit from his beloved channel.
It has been revealed by sources that on November 14, which was his last day at Times Now, he had one last show before his final goodbye. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and some top politicians had confirmed their presence for the programme.
However, bosses of the channel had a different idea! Just hours before the show, Goswami announced that the show is cancelled. Nobody immediately got to know what happened but some insiders revealed that the channel bosses did not want to host a programme to make him look like a hero. When Goswami came to know about this, he backed off without making any fuss.
Reportedly, a teary Goswami later narrated this incident to his friends in the news room. He said that he had tirelessly worked to make Times Now the numero uno channel of South East Asia and gave everything for it. He also advised his colleagues to be never afraid to question the rich and mighty.
Arnab Goswami and his battle with the bosses
Sources from the channel have said that Goswami had been waging a war since the last six months. He left the channel following differences with its owners, the Jains – Sameer, Vineet Kumar and Raj – of Bennett Coleman & Co, Ltd, according to those familiar with parleys leading up to his resignation. There were occasions, it is reliably learnt, when BCCL executives, headed by CEO Raj Jain, flagged a few editorial positions taken by Goswami; these were deemed not in sync with management. One such instance pertains to calls from various political and provincial factions to ban Pakistani actors from working in India, following attacks by Pakistan-backed militants in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.
Whle BCCL Managing Director Vineet Jain tweeted in support of allowing Pakistani actors to work in India after Uri, Arnab lambasted the very idea in his show. Times Now management is now into a virtual firefighting mode and fresh induction process being supervised by none other than Vineet Jain and Times group top editor Joydeep Bose. The two want to bolster their operations in the National Capital, especially in key areas like Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and the headquarters of Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).