Adani-owned NDTV anchor Sarah Jacob has resigned from the TV channel immediately after presenting a show in praise of Narendra Modi. Jacob’s decision to resign came amidst widespread criticism for her show in which she had said how Modi was respectful to women.
She wrote, “Last night, I resigned from NDTV. To Dr. Roy and Radhika Roy, Thank you for building what was one of India’s great media institutions. To my many colleagues of over two decades, thank you for the memories.”
She added, “It has been a fantastic ride from 2001 to 2023 at NDTV in various capacities. From being a reporter to having my own show has been rewarding and I am forever grateful for all that NDTV gave me and continues to offer. To be in the middle of the most spectacular years of the Indian TV news industry boom, that too at NDTV, which has set the standard of excellence for the industry, has been a magical career thus far. I hope future generations get to work at a place like I did, while learning the ropes.
“A most special thanks to my viewers, supporters and critics. You all had just as much to contribute in making sure I improve, introspect and learn. Your feedback keeps us honest. I will miss my show ‘We the People’ immensely and hope that whoever takes over from me will continue to ask the tough questions, but for now this is Sarah Jacob, signing off from NDTV.”
Jacob came under sharp criticism after she presented what appeared to be an agenda-driven news bulletin in which she was seen projecting Modi as a great messiah for women. This prompted many to question the integrity of NDTV, which is now being mockingly called Adani TV in the wake of the media group’s takeover by Modi’si billionaire friend Gautam Adani.
Here’s how Twitterati had reacted;
Yesterday Sarah Jacob had to read this news, today she left NDTV.. 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/kUytwtfn2u
— Mr Sinha (@MrSinha_) May 23, 2023
Sarah Jacob ma’am was feeling suffocated reading such Modi Bhakti news after Adani bought ndtv
So she quit NDTV and now will be going to Harvard Univ as Professor of journalism 😎
— Swathi Bellam (@BellamSwathi) May 23, 2023
— Ashish Bagchi (@BagchiAsh) May 23, 2023
An NDTV bootlicker report claimed Narendra Modi "respects" women.
Was this the last straw for Sarah Jacob, @sjacobtalk, who both introduced the "report" & quit last night?
Misogynists worse than Narendra Modi & his Sangh parivar are hard to find, read on to find out why… pic.twitter.com/hxVg8Xvsxb
— santhoshd (@santhoshd) May 23, 2023
रवीश कुमार के बाद NDTV की एडीटर/एंकर #sarahjacob ने इस्तीफा दे दिया है!
सूत्रों की माने तो सारा जैकोब को रुबिका चाची जैसे एंकरिंग करने के लिए कहा जा रहा था!
लेकिन सारा जैकोब ने ये सब करने से मना करते हुए सीधे इस्तीफा दे दिया!
अभी भी कुछ पत्रकारों का ज़मीर जिंदा है। pic.twitter.com/eSQZv0YfWZ
— Sadaf Afreen صدف (@s_afreen7) May 23, 2023