Arnab Goswami: The Intriguing Journey of Indian News Anchor and Co-founder of Republic TV

Shalini Rath Shalini Rath
Jul 4, 2022 5 min read
Arnab Goswami: The Intriguing Journey of Indian News Anchor and Co-founder of Republic TV

Watching the news to keep oneself updated is an age-old habit of many people. However, the mindset of people has changed, and so does the way a news channel operates.

We have been seeing Arnab Goswami for quite some time with his indomitable attitude and personality on TV. Arnab is the man who gave Indian news its global exposure and growth.

While we have known him to be an anchor and journalist, some of us are yet to know his journey of becoming an entrepreneur and how he started his news channel.

He is the managing director and editor-in-chief of the Indian news channel Republic TV. Let us find out his story of becoming more than just an anchor and how he formed his own media channel.

Arnab Goswami - Biography

Name Arnab Goswami
Birthplace Guwahati, Assam
Born 1973
Age 49
Education St. Anthony College, Oxford University
Position Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV
Wife Samyabrata Ray Gosawami
Children Che Goswami

Arnab Goswami - Personal Life
Arnab Goswami - Career Growth
Arnab Goswami - Controversies
Arnab Goswami - Awards & Achievements
Arnab Goswami - Unknown Facts

Arnab Goswami - Personal Life

Arnab Goswami was born in an Assamese family. His father Manoranjan Goswami was an Indian Army officer who served the nation for 30 years. Like his father, who wrote columns and various books, Arnab's mother Suprabha Gain-Goswami is also a novelist.

His family comes from a background of solicitors and political associations. Arnab's maternal grandfather, Gaurisankar Bhattacharyya, was a member of the Communist Party of India. His uncle, Siddhartha Bhattacharyya, headed as a member of the BJP for the Assam unit.

Arnab Goswami holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Hindu College at Delhi University. He did his Master's in Social Anthropology from St. Antony's College, Oxford.

He has also served as a visiting associate at the International Studies Department at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.

Arnab Goswami - Career Growth

Arnab's first job started as a journalist at 'The Telegraph' in Kolkata. Within a span of one year, he joined NDTV, where he did various shows such as 'News Tonight' and 'Newsnight' which won him the accolade for the Best News Anchor of Asia 2004.

After 10 years of being a journalist, he joined 'Times Now' as its editor-in-chief in 2006. Since then, his journey as an anchor has been quite sensational where he has interviewed some great personalities such as Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, Gordon Brown (former UK Prime Minister), and so on.

The beginning of his entrepreneurial journey

Like any other entrepreneur with goals, Arnab Goswami also believed in working towards an ambition with hard work and commitment. His vision was to change the shape of how people viewed Indian News, and that is how he launched his very own channel - Republic TV.

Arnab Goswami, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Republic Media
Arnab Goswami, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Republic Media

Because of all the love and support he has been receiving from his viewers, he intends to build a different country, a new India.

He strongly believes in democracy and often has been heard saying, "Democracy is of the people, for the people, by the people. Not of the convicts, for the convicts, and by the convicts."

Arnab Goswami can be regarded as the only editor to have built an organisation from scratch. It is believed that he has worked day and night to build Republic TV and that the journey from resigning from Times Now to becoming an entrepreneur was not easy.

Arnab Goswami - Controversies

Arnab Goswami has a personality one cannot simply ignore. Ever since he became the managing director of Republic TV, many times he has been accused of supporting the Bharatiya Janta Party and spreading fake news for TRP.

One of the biggest controversies he had in his lifetime was the TRP manipulation scam. It happened in October 2020, when Mumbai Police received FIR against Republic TV along with other news channels. The channel was charged with tampering with its Television Rating Point (TRP).

The CBI investigated almost every news channel in India, making it a nationwide investigation. Arnab Goswami with Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council has been accused of manipulating the rating points, causing a loss of Rs 431 crore to the organisation.

Arnab Goswami - Awards & Achievements

Arnab Goswami sure is a personality one cannot simply ignore. Below are some of the awards and achievements he has earned so far:

  • IMPACT Person of the Year, 2015
  • ENBA Awards for News Television Editor-in-Chief 2012
  • Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2008
  • Elected as the President of News Broadcasting Federation in 2019
  • Hosted for 65 hours on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

Arnab Goswami - Unknown Facts

Here are some unknown facts about Arnab Goswami:

  • His wife, Samyabrata Ray Goswami, is the co-owner of Republic TV.
  • He was the first Indian journalist to have interviewed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he won the elections.
  • He is the author of the book, "Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge".
  • His first-ever interview was with Sonia Gandhi.
  • He is the highest-paid journalist in India.
  • He has named his son Che Goswami, after the revolutionary Che Guevara.
  • Debating was his hobby since his school days.

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Conclusion

As they say, love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him. To many, Arnab Goswami is one of the greatest journalists in India. To think of his journey, starting as an anchor to becoming a managing director of a news channel, Arnab, truly shows that one needs to have the determination and hard work to reach their goal.

Arnab Goswami's strong debating skills, and the urge to bring out the truth no matter what, define him to be a brave individual with high ambition. After having spent 24 years in journalism, Republic TV is his biggest success story in today's age.

The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 gave him the idea to rise as a media entrepreneur. His vision lies in taking the help of digital media to reach his audience, which landed his channel in the top five English news publishers in July and August 2020.

FAQs

What is the age of Arnab Goswami?

Arnab Goswami was born on 7 March 1973 and is 49 years old.

What is the net worth of Arnab Goswami?

The net worth of Arnab Goswami is approximately $34 Million.

Who is the wife of Arnab Goswami?

Arnab Goswami is married to Samyabrata Ray Goswami.

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