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Mumbai Police exposes fake TRP fixing scam

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Republic TV and three other channels links to TRP cheats comes out.

In a press conference held by the Mumbai Police on Thursday said that there are two Marathi channels including Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV are being investigated for manipulation of television rating points (TRP) and to attract advertisers by paying viewers to keep their channels on for a long period. 

image courtesy : The Print

 The three channels are Box Cinema, Fakt Marathi, and Republic TV which are been found involved in distorting the apparatus used by BARC to rate television channels.

While addressing the press conference, Param Bir Singh said that four people – owners of the Box Cinema, Fakt Marathi channels including former employees of the market research agency that collects the TRP data have been arrested. 

After this press conference, frustrated Goswami attacked several news channels while including Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Sonia Gandhi, and Mumbai Police. 

Meanwhile, The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) releases the weekly rating points for TV channels through 30,000 barometers installed in households across the country. Out of those barometers, 2,000 are in Mumbai, while the details and information of the households are all kept confidential.

The Republic TV denied all those allegations and in a fresh statement from Arnab Goswami, where he stated that, “The FIR in the TRP case has come out, it mentions India Today six times and detailed allegations have been made against India Today.”

He also said that, “Param Bir Singh did a desperate press conference to save India Today and target Republic for its SSR, Palghar, and Hathras coverage. He has no moral, legal, ethical right to continue as Mumbai Commissioner anymore. He must issue an apology and quit. Republic will take strong action against Param Bir Singh.”

image courtesy: twitter handle of Republic TV

As this TRP scam came to light and several news channels picked it as a hot topic where they used words as saazish, TRP chor, cheat, fake meanwhile a hashtag #RepublicFightsBack started trending in social media handles.  

Written By: Sukriti Sahoo

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