TV debate is not Wikipedia; Journalism should bring changes: Arnab Goswamy

Arnab Goswami on his new venture Republic and the need to end the hegemony of western media

“We are on the brink of biggest dissent, we will refine the global TV, and our dissent will not be limited to India,” said celebrity TV journalist Arnab Goswami.

Goswami, while speaking in a talk show recently held in Jaipur soon after the announcement of his new venture Republic, said he desires to shift the entire centre of journalism out of Delhi.  Not revealing much about his new venture, he chose to speak about his future plans that would challenge the entire system.

Hinting at the ‘Digital plans’ he talks about the significance of digital media in today’s age, he says, “no one can stop to reach out to people across the globe.” Goswami said there are hundreds of millions of internet users in India and the new wave of dissent will give power to fingertips. There would be no division between the regional and national news. ”We will be back strongly, firmly and hundred percentage ‘independent’ with a change in media,’’ he said.

In his long speech he talks about what propelled him to leave his job and the reasons for the birth to his venture Republic. He went on to narrate various anecdote form previous years which taught him a lesson in life. He explained how the menace of caste and religion during college days developed dislike towards the politicians.

Those people who claim to be journalists are not. Lutyens media has betrayed the people of India for so long. They call my way of journalism as sensationalizing. I say that I change the rule of journalism. TV debate is not a Wikipedia. Facts are not sacred but opinions, view of point is sacred. Journalism that does not bring about change should be put to waste paper basket

‘’As a young journalist I joined Journalism to make change but people seated at top notches tried to kill my spirit toward my profession.’’

Often being famous for his roaring voice he says one has to shout to be heard in this country. “Every night I liberate myself. I do not care what happens in between. I speak to only one person is the camera. I am honest to camera,” he said.

He takes on his media counterparts, “Those people who claim to be journalists are not. Lutyens media has betrayed the people of India for so long. They call my way of journalism as sensationalizing. I say that I change the rule of journalism. TV debate is not a Wikipedia. Facts are not sacred but opinions, view of point is sacred. Journalism that does not bring about change should be put to waste paper basket,” he said.

He went on to talk about what happened when he questioned former CM of Maharashtra Ashok Chavan who asked him to settle the deal after Adarsh scam.

Recalling the days of press conference he had with the former PM Manmohan Singh where many other editors of Lutyens Delhi has attended the event but none dare to ask tough questions on corruption to PM under whose tenure the biggest scams like 2G, CWG, Adarsh occurred.

Further he said, some editors ask what PM’s message is for Sachin who performed well and others asking his opinion on economy.

“I got stunned. Whole country was burning with corruption, no one could dare to raise a single question. When my turn came I asked a question on compromise while questioning Deval deal. On this, Ex PM picked a note of six papers and handed to me. I again asked him the question, suddenly media adviser Harish Khare tried to snatch my mike and held me back,’’ he said.

“Similarly I exposed the Adarsh scam, the then CM Prithiviraj Chavan asked me off air about the reports and expressing his willingness to meet me. Then I told him to meet me in OB vans.”

“All these incidents and journalistic experiences made me feel bad. Politicians are scared of people. I have been fighting with the people in my profession.”

Realizing the mass potential and the power of media made him think to come up with a new venture Republic. Also he told to be upset with the current state of media which could have propelled him to quit the profession since 2003.

“We will dissent against the way journalism is being done in this country. The hegemony of western media has to end. We will break the monopoly of money power. We will go on to refine global news through our venture Republic,’’ he said.

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