Arnab Goswami is an Indian Journalist and a news anchor. He is widely known for his sincere and distinct approach to journalism. Goswami is the Editor-in-Chief, and Managing Director of the news channel, “Republic TV”. Let’s find out some more interesting facts about Arnab Goswami.
Arnab Goswami was born on 9 October 1973 (aged 45; as in 2018) in Guwahati, Assam, India. As his father was an army officer, Arnab, spent his childhood in various cities attending different schools. He completed his higher education from Mount St. Mary’s School, Delhi Cantonment and went on to Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jabalpur Cantonment to complete his senior secondary education. When he was in 6th standard, he developed an interest in debate contests. Goswami has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hindu College, Delhi University. He completed his Master’s in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, England.
Arnab has politics in his genes, but he has always tried to stay away from the political links of his family.
Arnab is around 5’ 11” tall and weighs around 75 kg. He has black eyes and black hairs.
Family, Caste & Wife
Arnab Goswami was born into a Bengali Brahmin Family. He is the son of Manoranjan Goswami (Retd. Colonel) and Suprabha Goswami. His father also contested in general elections from Guwahati on behalf of BJP. His grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami was a judge, a Bhartiya Jana Sangh leader and an independence activist. His uncle, Dinesh Goswami, was briefly a union law minister under the Vishwanath Pratap Singh government. Arnab’s sister is in Indian Defence and his brother-in-law is in the Indian Army.
Arnab Goswami is married to Pipi Goswami, and the couple has two children.
In 1990 he started his career in journalism with ‘The Telegraph’ newspaper in Kolkata. It was the shortest career spell that he ever had, and left the job in less than a year.
Goswami relocated to Delhi and bagged his first job as a news anchor in 1995 at NDTV 24×7. He worked there as a news broadcaster for three years and later, became the news editor. Arnab hosted his own show on NDTV and even co-anchored a show with Rajdeep Sardesai. He won the Best News Anchor of Asia award in 2004 for his show titled, ‘Newsnight’.
In 2002, he launched his first book,‘Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge’, which details all the difficulties in making laws against terrorists and terrorism.
In 2006, he became the editor-in-chief of the Times Now news channel. He hosted the show ‘Newshour’ that aired at 9 pm with live news coverage. Goswami also hosted a special programme, ‘Frankly Speaking with Arnab’ and interviewed personalities like Benazir Bhutto, Hamid Karzai, Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In November 2016, Arnab announced his departure from Times Now, to start his new venture.
On 6 May 2017, he launched his own news channel, “Republic TV”, which grabbed the #1 spot within a week of its launch, after defeating its rival, Times Now.
- Goswami has been severely criticized for his style of the TV panel discussion. Kavita Krishnan, an activist of Communist Party of India, criticized him and his channel for identifying rape-accused as a rapist, and terror-accused as a terrorist.
- His channel Republic TV received a notice from NBSA (News Broadcasting Standards Authority), asking the channel to display a full-screen apology for the use of words ‘vulgar thug’, ‘pervert’, ‘sexist’, ‘lewd’, ‘goon’, ‘hyena’ and ‘anti-Indian,’ which Arnab had used against a person named A. Singh during one of his shows.
- In March 2015, Goswami noticed a businessman driving Lamborghini car at a high speed on the Bandra Worli Sea Link, and called Mumbai Police to take some action. Later, the police arrested the businessman.
- In May 2017, The Bennet Coleman & Co. Ltd, also known as The Times Now Group, lodged a police complaint against Arnab Goswami (former editor-in-chief of The Times Now Group) claiming theft, infringement of Intellectual Property Rights, criminal breach of trust and certain other charges.
- On May 26, 2017, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor filed a defamation case in the Delhi High Court against Arnab’s TV channel, Republic TV, for linking Tharoor to his wife’s death.
- Arnab won the ‘Asian Television Award for Best Presenter’ in 2003.
- He was presented with the ‘Society Young Achievers Award’ in 2007.
- In 2010, Arnab was awarded ‘Assamese of the Year Award’ by News Live.
- In 2010, he was also awarded the ‘Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (TV)’ by the Indian Express Group.
Arnab gets paid around ₹1 Crore a month.
- His hobbies include reading, travelling, and watching movies.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee is his favourite politician.
- He loves to hear Bhupen Hazarika’s (Assamese Playback Singer) music and considers him as his role model.
- Arnab follows a Non-Vegetarian food habit.
- Though Arnab has framed an image of not letting others speak on his show; in his personal life, he is a good listener.
- In 2015, Goswami became the first journalist to ring the opening bell at the BSE on its 140th year.
- He originally belongs to a village in Assam’s Borpeta district, but his family migrated to Shillong and then got settled in Guwahati.
- Sonia Gandhi was the first person to be interviewed by Arnab Goswami.
- In 2015, during a debate on Times Now show, Arnab was shown a middle finger by Mahua Moitra, a Trinamool Congress leader.