PM Modi during interview Times Now's Editor in-chief, Arnab Goswami. Image: Times NowPM Modi during interview Times Now’s Editor in-chief, Arnab Goswami. Image: Times Now

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apparently candid interview was fixed! That is the shocking news we have received from a senior Times Now journalist who was privy to the discussions within the Special Team formed by Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami to prepare for PM Modi’s interview.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source told us that Arnab Goswami received confirmation for the interview around two weeks back.

“About five days before the interview, PMO sent a bunch of papers and topics on which questions were to be asked. These papers were reviewed by the Special Team of Times Now, who then framed questions and returned them to PMO,” the senior journalist said.

From there, the PMO reviewed the questions, made changes and provided Times Now with PM Modi’s answers, marking at places the possible interventions editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami could make during the course of the interview, the source said.

This goes against every journalistic ethic, and sounds like a well scripted publicity campaign. But, with various people involved, the question is why did Times Now risk such a staged event? Were there any pay-offs or support promised by the Modi Government to Arnab Goswami or the Times Group? Having the highest TRPs, the news channel certainly didn’t need publicity.