Arnab Goswami, loud news anchor of India's prime-time English debate show, quits

Arnab Goswami, India's top English TV news anchor, has quit his popular prime-time programme.
Arnab Goswami, India's top English TV news anchor, has quit his popular prime-time programme.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

India's top English TV news anchor has quit his popular prime-time programme, sparking speculation in social media about his future plans.

Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief at Times Now, is the anchor for its prime-time debate show called Newshour.

He is known for interrupting guests with the phrase "the nation wants to know" on the loud, fast-paced show, BBC said.

It is not known when he will make his last appearance on the news channel.

Not everyone is a fan of his confrontational style, with some calling him rude and noisy.

Indian media reports said that Goswami could be starting his own news venture.

There are rumours that he might start a news channel with media baron Rupert Murdoch.

He reportedly told Times Now staff during a meeting on Tuesday (Nov 1), when he announced his resignation, that he will remain in the television industry.

"He said he doesn't want to gather moss, he wants to be a rolling stone," said The Indian Express, quoting a senior journalist who attended the meeting.

"The game has just begun," Goswami said repeatedly during his farewell speech, according to news site The Quint.

The Quint also reported that Goswami may have been in discussions with another organisation to set up a new television and digital news venture.

Over the past 10 years, his aggressive style has made Times Now the top-rated English news channel in India, said reports.

The Oxford graduate has also worked at New Delhi Television (NDTV) from 1996 to 2006, and spent a year with The Telegraph in London.