Arnab Goswami Bribed Ex-TV Agency Chief “Lakhs” To Fudge Ratings: Police

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Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami was arrested by Mumbai Police final month in a separate case (File)

Mumbai:

Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami paid “lakhs” to senior officers of TV rankings company BARC, together with former CEO Partho Dasgupta, to govern the channel’s TRP (tv rankingĀ level), Mumbai Police alleged in a remand observe submitted to a Justice of the Peace’s courtroom on Monday.

The police additionally alleged that Mr Dasgupta – who was arrested final week – was the “mastermind” and fudged viewership numbers and information for monetary acquire. The police made the claims whereas requesting additional custody of the previous CEO with a view to verify if extra such funds had been made.

The observe alleged Mr Goswami paid Mr Dasgupta and one other senior BARC official – former COO Romil Ramgarhia, who’s accused of “offering secret and confidential info to sure channels” – to govern the TRP of Republic TV’s English and Hindi channels.

“Dasgupta misused his official place and manipulated TRP of particular information channels broadcast by ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd, corresponding to Republic Bharat and Republic TV. Dasgupta, whereas serving as CEO of BARC, received concerned within the conspiracy together with Arnab Goswami and others,” Mumbai Police’s Crime Department stated in its remand observe, in line with information company PTI.

The observe alleged 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 purchase costly objects that had been seized from his residence in Raigad when he was arrested.

Additional investigations had been ongoing the police stated, as they received custody of Mr Dasgupta, the fifteenth particular person to be arrested on this case, until Wednesday.

Earlier this month Vikas Khanchandani, the CEO of ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd (which owns the Republic Media community) was additionally arrested. He was later granted bail. Republic TV’s Head of Distribution, Ghanshyam Singh, was arrested final month.

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Mr Goswami, who was arrested from his Mumbai dwelling final month in a separate case and given bail final month, can also be amongst these named in a cost sheet filed by Mumbai Police.

Republic TV, which is one among three channels being investigated, has denied allegations and accused Mumbai Police of a vendetta as a result of it questioned investigations into actor Sushant Rajput’s loss of life.

The case was filed in October after Nitin Deokar, an official of Hansa Analysis – an company that positioned metres that document viewership information in pattern households – alleged the method was manipulated.

On investigation Mumbai Police stated Republic TV – which claims the very best rankings – was tweaking rankings to get excessive promoting charges by bribing the households by which metres had been put in. The police stated they had been being paid Rs 400 to Rs 500 monthly to maintain sure channels on.

TRP – measured by recording viewership information in pattern households – is essential for attracting advertisers and bettering revenues at TV channels.

With enter from PTI

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