Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami paid “lakhs” to senior officers at TV BARC’s ranking company, together with former CEO Partho Dasgupta, to govern the channel’s TRP (tv ranking level), police alleged from Mumbai in a pretrial detention observe filed Monday in magistrates courtroom.
Police additionally alleged that Dasgupta, who was arrested final week, was the “mastermind” and manipulated viewers numbers and information for monetary achieve. Police made the claims whereas requesting further custody of the previous CEO to find out if any extra such funds have been made.
The observe alleged that Goswami paid Dasgupta and one other senior BARC official, former COO Romil Ramgarhia, accused of “offering secret and confidential info to sure channels,” to govern the TRP of Republic’s English and Hindi channels. TV.
“Dasgupta abused his official place and manipulated TRP from particular information channels broadcast by ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd, reminiscent of Republic Bharat and Republic TV. Dasgupta, whereas serving as CEO of BARC, turned concerned within the conspiracy together with Arnab Goswami et al. “, The Mumbai Police Crimes Division stated in its referral observe, in accordance with the PTI information company.
The observe alleged that Mr. Goswami had given Mr. Dasgupta cash “sometimes,” and that the previous CEO, who was in that place from June 2013 to November 2019, used this cash to buy objects. costly that have been seized from his residence in Raigad. when he was arrested.
Police stated additional investigations have been underway as they obtained custody of Mr. Dasgupta, the 15th particular person arrested on this case, as of Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Vikas Khanchandani, CEO of ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd (proprietor of the Republic Media community) was additionally arrested. Later he was launched on bail. Republic TV head of distribution Ghanshyam Singh was arrested final month.
Goswami, who was arrested at his Mumbai house final month in a separate case and launched on bail final month, can be amongst these named in a cost sheet filed by Mumbai police.
Republic TV, which is among the three channels investigated, has denied the allegations and accused the Mumbai police of revenge as a result of it questioned investigations into the dying of actor Sushant Rajput.
The case got here in October after Nitin Deokar, an official with Hansa Analysis, an company that positioned meters that report viewers information in pattern houses, alleged the method was rigged.
Within the investigation, the Mumbai police stated Republic TV, which claims to have the very best rankings, was adjusting the rankings for prime promoting charges by bribing the houses the place meters have been put in. Police stated they have been paid between Rs 400-500 a month to maintain sure channels on.
TRP, measured by recording viewers information in pattern households, is essential for attracting advertisers and enhancing TV channel income.
With enter from PTI