In a sudden move, the popular and controversial anchor, Arnab Goswami, resigned from Times Now on Tuesday. Janta Ka Reporter had exclusively reported the development.
Speaking to Janta Ka Reporter, several Times Now journalists from Mumbai said that Arnab had resigned adding that he made the announcement during a specially convened editorial meeting.
He was joined by his team of journalists from Noida office through video conferencing facility.
Arnab, according to sources wishing to be anonymous, was very aggressive throughout his one-and-half-hour conversation with his team.
Barely few minutes into the meeting, Janta Ka Reporter had broken the news of his resignation. This prompted one of his colleagues in Mumbai to show the Janta Ka Reporter tweet.
One Times Now journalist, who was present in the channel’s Mumbai office said, “Arnab became miffed upon seeing Janta Ka Reporter tweet. He said ‘I don’t care about this portal. Let them publish what they wish. I’ve quit now and the industry will see what I will do next. Make no mistake, I will rule the industry once again.'”
Some sources said that he may be in charge of the channel till December end, but journalists present in the editorial meet said that they ‘wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t turn up to work tomorrow.’
Nobody knows yet about his future move but there have been rumours that Arnab may launch his own channel with the support of top corporate houses owing allegiance to the Centre’s BJP government.
However, there are also reports that his next venture could happen with the support of Congress party, which, according to sources, had recognised his ‘nuisance value.’
Arnab was the Editor-in-Chief and President, News, of Times Now and ET Now.
Arnab has lately earned plenty of flak for his pro-government editorial agenda even prompting some of his former senior colleagues to call him a disgrace to journalism.
Senior journalist and his former NDTV colleague, Barkha Dutt, had launched an all-out attackagainst Times Now and Arnab, for allegedly calling to gag media in India.
Taking to Facebook, Barkha had said, “Times Now calls for gagging of media & for journalists to be tried &punished. This man is journalist? I am ashamed to be from same industry as him.
He was responsible for taking the channel to new heights by making it the market leader even though his style of ‘biased’ journalism came for lot of criticism.
Last month it was reported that the central government had decided to accord him a Y category security privilege, causing huge social media outrage.
In June this year, his alleged fixed interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had come under intense scrutiny after he was seen in awe of his guest.