Early life and education
Goswami was born in Guwahati, Assam on 9 October 1973 to an Assamese Brahmin family. His paternal grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami, was a lawyer, a Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader and an independence activist. His maternal grandfather, Gaurisankar Bhattacharyya, was a Communist and leader of the opposition in Assam for many years. He was a writer and a recipient of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Award.
Arnab Goswami’s father is Colonel (Retd.) Manoranjan Goswami and his mother is Suprabha Gain-Goswami. Manoranjan has been a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and contested the 1998 Lok Sabha Polls as the BJP candidate for the Guwahati to Lok Sabha of Assam where he was defeated by Congress candidate Bhubaneshwar Kalita. His maternal uncle, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, a BJP MLA from Gauhati East constituency, was the head of the Assam unit of the party before Sarbananda Sonowal took over in 2015.
As an army officer’s son, he attended schools in various cities. He passed his 10th Standard board exams from St Mary’s School in Delhi Cantonment and his 12th Standard board exams from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Jabalpur Cantonment. Arnab has a Bachelor’s (Hons.) in Sociology from the Hindu College in Delhi University. In 1994 Arnab completed his Master’s in Social Anthropology from St. Antony’s College, in Oxford University, where he was a Felix Scholar.
Before joining NDTV in 1995 Arnab Goswami started his career in The Telegraph in Kolkata; He later shifted his career in TV news broadcast with NDTV 24×7 in 1995, where he anchored daily newscasts, and reporting for News Tonight a program telecast on DD Metro. Later as the news editor, he was part of NDTV’s core team during the transition from program producer to the 24-hour mode in 1998.
He hosted one of the channel’s top-rated news analysis show Newsnight, which won him an award for the Best News Anchor of Asia 2004 in the 2004 Asian Television Awards
Since 2006, Goswami was the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of the Times Now news channel. His show The Newshour is aired at 9 pm with live news coverage, which has featured notable personalities like Parvez Musharraf. He also hosts a special programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab, which has featured personalities such as Benazir Bhutto and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, retired head of state of the Tibetan Government in Exile Dalai Lama, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and was the first to interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he took office in 2014.
Goswami is the Managing Director, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of the news channel called Republic TV which was launched on 6 May 2017. Within a week of its launch, Republic TV topped the BARC charts for viewership among English news channels in India
A 2016 biography of Goswami published by the Entrepreneur magazine states that his ability to connect with his viewers combined with his courage of conviction even at the cost of “his own public image and annual profits” is one of the qualities that helps him excel in the Indian media. He is “loud, arrogant and brash”, traits that make some people dislike him, but this direct style is also in part why some people love watching his show.The Entrepreneur calls him “not afraid of putting his point” in front of any powerful political leader or party, and speak without compromise in simple, straight language the issues he considers important
Some commentators have criticized Goswami for his style of the TV panel discussion. Kavita Krishnan, a Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) (CPI-ML) affiliated activist, criticized Goswami’s stance on sensitive issues and stated that “When channels and newspapers brand terror accused as “terrorists”, or rape-accused as “rapists” and orchestrate the chant for the death penalty for them; when they act as stenos or loudspeakers for the police or investigative agencies in terror cases.
Times Group lawsuit
The Newshour reception
Goswami’s heated discussions during The Newshour has invited criticism from newsweekly Outlook running a cover story titled ‘The Man Who Killed TV News’. “Newshour is where Arnab plays judge, the audience the jury”, the report stated, adding that “On key news events, Arnab has emerged as The Great Polariser, his acid tongue stripping complex issues of all nuance”.
Tharoor defamation case
On 26 May 2017, MP Shashi Tharoor filed a defamation case in the Delhi High Court against Goswami in connection with Republic TV‘s story the alleged truth behind the death of Shashi’s wife Sunanda Pushkar, where his channel claimed that Tharoor was closely linked with his wife’s death.
Controversial remark over Keralite
On 25 August 2018, according to The Week news magazine, Arnab Goswami was lambasted on social media after a 30 second video clip of him purportedly calling “a group” the “most shameless bunch of Indians I have ever seen” went viral on social media while discussing blocking foreign aid destined for the flood-hit state of Kerala.
News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) of India notice
On 30 August 2018, News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) of India demanded Republic TV a full-screen apology on its news channel for the use of the words ‘vulgar thug’, ‘lewd’, ‘sexist’, ‘pervert’, ‘goon’, ‘hyena’ and ‘anti-Indian’ for A. Singh by Arnab Goswami. According to The Wire, Goswami’s Republic TV reportedly “removed the video from its website and YouTube account” after receiving the complaint.
Goswami has been nominated for and received several awards:
- 2003 – Asian Television Award for Best Presenter or Anchor (Runner up)
- 2004 – Best News Anchor / Presenter of Asia in Asian Television Awards. (Runner up)
- 2007 – Society Young Achievers Award for excellence in the field of Media
- 2010 – Assamese of the Year Award by News Live
- 2010 – Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (TV) by the Indian Express Group.
- 2014 – News Anchor of the Year, while at Times Now.
- 2018 – Media Person of Year Award by the International Advertising Association.
How much does Arnab Goswami earn?
The Estimated Arnab Goswami Net Worth is $60 Million and Annual Salary Income is $1.5 Million. The monthly salary of Arnab Goswami is above Rs 1 Crore, his annual earnings are above the US $2 million. Arnab Goswami is a big and prestigious name in the media, who earns a net worth of 12 crores in INR.