Former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta, an accused of manipulating TRP of various news channels has been granted bail by the Bombay HC. Reportedly, he is accused of receiving US $12,000 and Rs 40 Lakhs from Republic's Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. Moreover, Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hailey named several BARC officials in connection with the case, and reiterated the WhatsApp chats of having information about Pulwama. However, Advocate Aabad… read-more
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Indian media conglomerate 'The Times Group' has sent a legal notice to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), demanding a compensation of Rs 450 crores. It accused the TV rating agency of manipulating viewership details of its English news channel. The group said that the agency "deliberately reduced" the ratings of Times Now in 2017 to benefit its rival Republic TV. Earlier, former BARC chief and Republic's Chief Editor Arnab Goswami… read-more
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Mumbai Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe on February 3 filed a criminal defamation case against Arnab Goswami and his wife Samyabrata Goswami. Abhishek, in his complaint, claimed the defamatory remarks by Arnab during a panel discussion aimed to malign and humiliate the Mumbai police. Reportedly, the show was based on late Sushant Singh Rajput and was broadcasted on Republic TV's YouTube channel on August 7, 2020.
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Former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta, in his statement to the Mumbai Police, has claimed that Republic TV's Chief Editor Arnab Goswami had paid him $12,000 and Rs 40 lakh to manipulate TRP ratings. Reportedly, Arnab paid for Partho’s foreign trips and to bring Republic on top in TRP charts. Moreover, Partho also accepted to have bonhomie with Arnab since 2004. However, Partho's lawyer has denied allegations saying "the statement would have been… read-more
After contentious WhatsApp chats of Arnab Goswami with ex-BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta have been leaked, the Maharashtra government is considering a legal move against the journalist. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said, “government is taking legal opinion on whether the state home department can take action...under the Official Secrets Act, 1923". Besides, Anil questioned how Arnab received such "sensitive information" that was known to… read-more
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
Courtesy: The Times of India