Republic TV, the baby of the controversial and silent-when-needed reporter, Arnab Goswami, is in heat. The astonishing fact that, well, does not surprise us that much, is the heat was a long-way coming. Republic TV is an Indian news channel created in May 2017 by Arnab Goswami and Rajeev Chandrashekhar. In 2019, while the latter took off from the company, the former emerged as the sole king. Be it the news coverage on the channel or the accountability it offers, Republic TV has been in news for quite longs. Mumbai police also dropped a bomb when it accused the company of rigging the ratings. It is no new feat in the TV world, however, the fact that a journalist who vows to be truthful is trapped, makes it all gung-hoed.
TRP Manipulation Racket and Republic TV
TRP stands for Television rating points. These points basically assess how well a particular channel is doing amidst the audience. It shows which channels created hype among people, weekly. The Broadcast Audience Research Council of India has installed “BAR-O-meters” in 45,000 households and they emanate the TRP info. Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh stated that channels ae rigging the devices BARC uses. One such channel is Republic TV. Other than Republic TV, Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema is also under police radar.
Param Bir Singh said the police have arrested the owners of the latter two companies. However, he said after getting adequate proof, they can freeze the accounts of Republic TV as well. We were also hearing the name of India Today in the racket. However, Commissioner said, “As of now, we have no evidence against India Today. We are proceeding against Republic TV, Marathi channels.”
As Stated By Officials, Republic TV’s CEO Vikas Khanchandani, and others related to the alleged fake Television Rating Points (TRP) Scam were questioned by Mumbai Police on Sunday.
The officials from 3 other channels were also being questioned by police.
Republic TV CFO Shiva S. Sundaram, who was summoned on Saturday, had sought another date for his questioning by the police.
Today, The statements of Republic TV Executives were recorded by the police, and the questioning went on for 9 Hours.
A special team has been set up to conduct forensic audits of all three channels being blamed in this case.
The Republic TV has repeatedly denied any wrong-doings and has accused Mumbai Police and Government of Maharashtra of retaliating for thier role in thier coverings in Sushant’s Case or Kangana’s BMC Case.