TRP scam: Prashant Bhushan shares screenshots of WhatsApp chat between Arnab Goswami and ex-BARC CEO | India News

NEW DELHI: Advocate Prashant Bhushan on Friday shared screenshots of purported leaked WhatsApp converstaions between Republic TV government editor Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) who’s an accused within the TRP rip-off case.
“These are a few snapshots of the damning leaked WhatsApp chats between BARC CEO & #ArnabGoswami. They show many conspiracies & unprecedented access to power in this govt; gross abuse of his media & his position as power broker. In any Rule of law country, he would be in jail for long,” Bhushan stated in a tweet with the screenshots of the purported dialog.

The TRP rip-off got here to mild in October final yr when BARC filed a grievance via Hansa Research Group, alleging that sure tv channels, together with Republic TV, have been rigging their TRP numbers.

According to Mumbai Police, Partho Dasgupta misused his official place and connived with accused, together with Arnab Goswami, to govern TRP rankings and deliver Republic TV to the number one place.
The police have additionally alleged that Goswami had paid enormous sums to Dasgupta to rig the Republic TV TRP since its launch in 2017.

The BARC measures viewership of TV channels. TRP or “television rating point” exhibits what proportion of a programme’s target market considered it. A better TRP suggests a much bigger viewers, making the channel a favorite for advertisers.
The former BARC CEO has been named within the supplementary chargesheet submitted by the Mumbai police within the TRP rip-off case.
The Mumbai Police crime department is probing the function of Republic TV, Fakt Marathi, Box Cinema, News Nation, Mahamovies and Wow music channel for inflating viewership figures. The channels are accused of paying cash to households (the place barometers have been put in) for preserving the channels on.

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