Controversial TV Anchor Ravish Kumar Resigns From NDTV, Wants Followers To Fight Big Media
A day after Prannoy and Radhika Roy quit as directors of NDTV promoter group RRPR Holding (RRPRH) Private Limited, controversial TV anchor Ravish Kumar and senior executive editor of the media group's hindi news channel NDTV India resigned from his post on Wednesday (30 November).
Kumar's resignation comes as Adani Group is set to take over the ownership right of NDTV, following the closure of its open offer to acquire additional 26 per cent stake in the media group.
Kumar joined NDTV in 1996, and has been associated with its channels since. He anchored several news-based shows on NDTV India, such as Hum Log, Ravish ki Report, Des Ki Baat, and Prime Time.
Taking to Twitter after resignation from NDTV, Ravish said that his YouTube channel is his new address and urged everyone to fight the slavery of so-called "Godi Media".
In his first statement after the resignation, Ravish said on his YouTube channel, "This day had to come soon or later; there are many news channels with different names in this country, but all of them are Godi Media. They all claim to do journalism, but everything has been finished by them, including the basic principles of journalism."
Ravish wasn't doing the prime time show for a long time, "I was not doing the prime time show because I slowly wanted to fade away and not go all at once."
In his 24-minute long rant on YouTube, Ravish also expressed concern on the falling standards of journalism.
He further added, "Lakhs of students are studying to be journalist but they all will have to endup being brokers (dalal), because there is not place left to do journalism."
"You will be able to see me on my new YouTube channel. You won't be able to hear 'namaskar main Ravish Kumar on NDTV ever again', I have resigned," he said.
He further added, "You can't be logical when emotional, will address everything later on. Want to thank everyone at NDTV, former employees as well the current one."
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