a great hustle bustle of activity at the
Times Now office. It looks like, it's been
a day of hectic meetings and amazing news
breaks for Editor-in-Chief, Arnab Goswami.
As I enter his cabin, his cell phone keeps
beeping incessantly and the sms' keep pouring
in; yet Arnab looks all charged and raring
For the first time ever, Goswami gets candid
on his exciting journey as an editor-in-chief.
Since my father was in the army, I changed
various schools around the country. Also,
I grew up in a family of lawyers and politicians.
After doing my BA from the Hindu college
in Delhi, I went through a period of uncertainity
in my life. I was not too sure what I wanted
to do in life. But somewhere along with
the way, I figured out that I had a very
strong connection with England. I had a
strong desire to study law at Oxford. Though,
I didn't get a chance to do law but I went
on to do Social Anthropology at Oxford.
didn't really enjoy studying Social Anthropology
or didn't quite like the `Oxonion' circuit
so-to-speak. Later, I had an opportunity
to do a PH D, but somehow I came back to
India and joined the Telegraph in
Calcutta. For about an year, I worked on
the Edit pages of the newspaper. Later,
I had an offer to join Outlook magazine,
but somehow as luck would have it I went
on to join NDTV.
days with NDTV
NDTV, I started off with doing some small
stories, but being a quick learner I soon
graduated to important stories. I was fortunate
enough to cover three general elections,
the Jain Hawala case and many other important
stories. Working with Prannoy Roy was an
excellent opportunity. I also owe a lot
to my News Editor Appan Menon (who is unfortunately
spending a good nine and a half years at
NDTV, I had made up my mind to move on in
life. I was scared of getting too comfortable
at my job and was itching to take on a risk.
I wanted to take on something that would
challenge me. There were offers to head
existing news channels but the offer to
launch a new channel from scratch was a
initial meetings with Mr Arun Arora and
later with Mr Vineet Jain convinced me that
this was the biggest risk and challenge
that I was waiting for. On a personal level,
launching the channel has been a great learning
curve in terms hiring people, handling production,
programming and deciding the overall look
and feel of the channel.
and raring to go
always want to try out new things in life.
After the launch of the channel, we are
now in the process of experimenting with
newer formats and forms. Now, our aim is
to take the channel to the top.
try to remain level headed
profession can sometimes give you an exaggerated
sense of self importance. My aim is to try
and remain level headed all the time. I've
seen people change a lot after getting into
this profession. I try to keep a low profile
and be one amongst the team.
mind is always at work
there are abnormal levels of stress in our
profession. Also, the news business can
really get a bit obsessive as one can't
afford to miss out on a single news break.
Somehow, my mind is always at work and it's
part of my nature. I find it difficult to
cut off. Also, it's hugely competitive.
Initially, I didn't want to be in the rat
race but now somehow being in the race,
now I want to be the fastest rat.
keep shuffling between Delhi and Mumbai.
Whenever, possible we take off on a holiday,
or go for long drives. I don't really like
to party much or network. I try to spend
a lot of quality time with my five year
old son, who loves to watch me on television
and imitate me all the time.
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