Ganging up against Republic TV

IN Media Watch Briefs | 19/05/2017

Republic TV does not stop making news. Now other English news channels have walked out of subscribing to the ratings agency BARC in protest after it announced the ratings of the first week of the new channel. They had earlier urged BARC to not release ratings of Republic TV after they complained to TRAI and BARC about the fact that the channel was using multiple logical channel nos. (listing itself under different genres) to obtain higher ratings. (Television Post) The News Broadcasters Association is leading the protest, Republic TV is not one of their members. And Arnab Goswami is cocking a snook at them by buying huge newspaper ads proclaiming his flattering TRPs.                 

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