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Arnab quits Times Now; Twitter gets noisy

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MUMBAI: When a man at the top of his game moves on, he is probably got a bigger game in mind. Love him or hate him, but, you cannot ignore him. He has transformed the way news is gathered, broadcast and consumed on Indian television.

Known for standing with his viewers, replacing discussions with his monologue brand of nationalism, Arnab Goswami, India’s preacher-in-chief, has bid adieu to Times Television Network. He was the editor-in-chief of Times Now and ET Now. The channel’s flagship primetime show at 9pm - The Newshour, was Goswami’s last as its anchor on Tuesday..

Goswami reportedly announced his resignation at an editorial meet on Tuesday morning.

With speculation rife everywhere about his next movement, some hint at his new independent media venture while some state that he is going to be the face of some other channel.

One thing is clear, from Wednesday, family dinner debates will be incomplete without him. The ‘loud’ news space, a niche which he championed, will be left with a void and the nation wants to know why…He made sure that even those who dislike his debates made themselves, secretly at times, available in front of their living room TV sets to enjoy the high-decibel show.

From what made him take this impending jump from the newsroom to what is next on the cards is still not clear. Although, right after this news broke, it took less than a minute for the Twitterati to erupt with reactions, both positive and negative. From observing a one-minute noise as a tribute to the anchor, to observing the 9-10 pm as the “Earth Day” post his resignation, following which, Twitter went berserk.

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