Republic CEO arrested in TRP case: This is the second arrest of any senior official of Republic TV in the TRP case.
TRP case: The Mumbai Police today arrested Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani in alleged TRP manipulation case. This is the second such arrest of any senior employee of Republic TV in the alleged TRP manipulation case. Earlier, Republic’s AVP Ghanshyan Singh was arrested and spent 25 days in custody before he was granted bail by a court in Mumbai.
Speaking on the arrest, Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami said that Vikas Khanchandani was picked up by Mumbai Police without any papers. He further said that the attempt clearly “is to attempt and force Republic Media Network out of Mumbai”. “But we will not go anywhere,” Goswami said.
The Republic TV has moved Holiday Court against the arrest of its CEO Vikas Khanchandani.
Khanchandani was arrested from his residence by the police’s Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU). PTI reports that the police began a probe into the alleged scam after ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a complaint through Hansa Research Agency about rigging of TRP by some channels. TRP is measured by recording viewership data at sample households.
According to the report, the BARC engaged Hansa to install and maintain barometers which record TV viewership data at sample households. It was alleged that some of these families were being bribed to tune into certain channels to ramp up their TRP. In a charge sheet filed recently, the Mumbai police alleged that an official of Hansa paid money to sample households to tune into Box Cinema, Fakt Marathi, Maha Movie and Republic TV.
(With inputs from PTI)