A day after Mumbai Police Commissioner named Republic TV and a pair of different channels in TRP manipulation racket, the Mumbai Police on Friday summoned the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Republic TV for questioning on Saturday. Meanwhile, amid controversy over an alleged plot to control TRPs, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) on Thursday mentioned it’s dedicated to report a real image of tv viewership and welcomed the Mumbai Police’s investigation into the case.
Earlier within the day, metropolis police chief Param Bir Singh claimed to have busted a racket to control TRPs. The police has arrested 4 individuals, together with a former worker of Hansa Research, an organization engaged by BARC.
TRP (tv score level) is a instrument to evaluate which TV programmes and channels are seen probably the most. “As in all our previous cases of suspected panel homes intrusions, BARC India continues to follow its established vigilance and disciplinary guidelines… BARC India appreciates the efforts of the Mumbai Police and will provide the support asked of it,” a BARC India spokesperson mentioned.
The physique added that it stays “steadfastly true” to its objective to precisely and faithfully report “what India watches”.
“Hansa Research and BARC conducted an investigation into the matter over the last few weeks, the conclusion of which resulted in Hansa Research filing an FIR against an ex-employee who was engaged in some wrongdoing,” Praveen Nijhara, Hansa’s chief government, mentioned in a press release.
He added that the company is at all times vigilant and can cooperate with the legislation enforcement authorities.
In a press release, the town police mentioned BARC features beneath the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, and it has put in 30,000 barometers in properties to watch TV consumption and are available out with the TRP numbers.
It is predicated on these TRPs that entrepreneurs place ads and manipulation of the numbers might have resulted in losses, the police mentioned.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh advised reporters that Republic TV channel, dealing with flak over its assault on the town police and Maharashtra authorities within the Sushant Singh Rajput dying case, was additionally concerned within the “false TRP” racket.
Republic TV, in a press release, rubbished Singh’s claims.
Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of the channel, mentioned the Mumbai Police chief made false claims in opposition to Republic TV because the channel had questioned him within the Sushant Singh Rajput case investigation. Goswami additional mentioned the channel will file a prison defamation case in opposition to the Mumbai police commissioner.