A day after Mumbai Police Commissioner named Republic TV and a couple of different channels in TRP manipulation racket, the Mumbai Police on Friday summoned the Chief Monetary Officer (CFO) of Republic TV for questioning on Saturday. In the meantime, amid controversy over an alleged plot to control TRPs, the Broadcast Viewers Analysis 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 Analysis, an organization engaged by BARC.
TRP (tv ranking level) is a instrument to guage which TV programmes and channels are seen probably the most. “As in all our earlier circumstances of suspected panel houses intrusions, BARC India continues to observe its established vigilance and disciplinary pointers… BARC India appreciates the efforts of the Mumbai Police and can present the help requested 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 Analysis and BARC carried out an investigation into the matter over the previous few weeks, the conclusion of which resulted in Hansa Analysis submitting an FIR towards an ex-employee who was engaged in some wrongdoing,” Praveen Nijhara, Hansa’s chief govt, mentioned in an announcement.
He added that the company is at all times vigilant and can cooperate with the regulation enforcement authorities.
In an announcement, town police mentioned BARC capabilities beneath the Union Ministry of Info and Broadcasting and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, and it has put in 30,000 barometers in houses to observe TV consumption and are available out with the TRP numbers.
It’s primarily based on these TRPs that entrepreneurs place ads and manipulation of the numbers could have resulted in losses, the police mentioned.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh informed reporters that Republic TV channel, going through flak over its assault on town police and Maharashtra authorities within the Sushant Singh Rajput dying case, was additionally concerned within the “false TRP” racket.
Republic TV, in an announcement, rubbished Singh’s claims.
Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of the channel, mentioned the Mumbai Police chief made false claims towards Republic TV because the channel had questioned him within the Sushant Singh Rajput case investigation. Goswami additional mentioned the channel will file a legal defamation case towards the Mumbai police commissioner.