Amidst Republic TV’s TRP and ‘Chatgate’ crisis, the News Broadcasters Association on January 18 demanded the Indian Broadcasting Foundation to suspend Republic’s membership. Besides, the association demanded to exclude Republic TV from the BARC’s rating system until the TRP case is completed. Citing the Chatgate as a power play, the NBA has stated the BARC-Republic scandal has resulted in a financial loss to other broadcasters, to which BARC… read-more
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Nationalist Congress Party on January 18 demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate chats exchanged by Arnab Goswami and ex-Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) head, Partho Dasgupta. Blaming him for endangering national security over TRP gains, the NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase queried Arnab's privy to the Balakot Airstrikes. Tapase said he would meet Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and union minister Amit Shah… read-more
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Republic TV Chief Editor Arnab Goswami on January 7 did not appear before a court that was going to hear the abetment of suicide case filed against him. For this, his lawyer sought an exemption from the court in Maharashtra's Raigad district. Arnab, along with two others, is accused of abetting an interior designer to commit suicide. The accused will now have to attend the hearing in person or via video conference on February 6.
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The Mumbai Police said that Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami had bribed “lakhs of rupees” to the ex-CEO of BARC Partho Dasgupta to increase the TRP of his channel. Reportedly, this was the first time Arnab's name has been surfaced officially in the scam. Police informed that Dasgupta had bought expensive goodies with the bribed amount. They added that the transactions were mostly through cash and once with US Dollars.
Ofcom, the UK's broadcasting regulator, has fined Republic Bharat with Rs 20 lakh for spreading hatred towards Pakistanis. The regulator on December 22 imposed fine on Worldview Media Network Limited which holds the license for airing the channel in the UK. The regulator has accused the channel of violating Ofcom Broadcasting Code in its September 6, 2019 episode of 'Poochta Hai Bharat'. It has also asked the channel not to repeat … read-more
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Comedian Kunal Kamra and Cartoonist Rachita Taneja have received show-cause notices from the Supreme Court for allegedly defaming the apex judiciary. The issue arose when Kunal, in a series of tweets, had criticized the apex court, Chief Justice SA Bobde, and Justice Chandrachud for granting bail to Arnab Goswami and had alleged partiality. In addition to it, Cartoonist Rachita had called the apex court ‘Sanghi Court of India’.
As a surprising move, Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has asked his counsel to withdraw an anticipatory bail plea sought by him vis-à-vis alleged assaulting of a woman police officer. Reportedly, a case had been registered against him at N M Joshi Marg police station for the alleged assault in November. Reportedly, Arnab has been charged under IPC section 353, IPC 504, and under the Damage to Public Property Act.
In the TRP manipulation case, the Mumbai police have detained Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani on December 13. Reportedly, Vikas is the thirteenth official arrest under the TRP scam case. The TRP Scam gained attraction after the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a complaint alleging certain channels have involved in generating fake TRP. However, Republic TV has denied the accusations and has termed the arrests as “malicious… read-more
Supreme Court Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee on November 27 gave a detailed clarification on granting bail to Arnab Goswami. Condemning Bombay HC for denying bail, the Apex opined that SC would not remain dormant when state misuses its power against a citizen. Moreover, the court stated that the Mumbai police failed to submit evidence against Arnab.… read-more
For a three-year-old suicide abetment case, Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami was granted bail by the Supreme Court on November 11. The SC expressed unhappiness towards the Bombay High Court's bail rejection and noted that the lower court made a mistake. Justice DY Chandrachud said, "If a person commits suicide in Maharashtra & blames govt, will CM be arrested?" He further urged the proximity test to prove the allegation.