Stunning debut or a manipulated one?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/05/2017

If the Times Group has accused Republic TV and its founder of theft,  Arnab Goswami has got his revenge by way of what the BARC ratings show for Republic's first week. In a target group of males aged 22+ it has double the viewership of Times Now (51.9 per cent  to TN's 24.6 per cent.)  But is this genuine viewership?  The News Broadcasters Association has alleged "dual LCN" malpractice in the way the new channel is appearing in more then one genre on distribution platforms. It had urged BARC not to release the first week's data until this was stopped  but BARC has gone ahead and done so.                               

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Was the media complicit in broadcasting misinformation about NDTV? The channel thinks so.  It said in a statement that the press had gone by a misleading press release of the income tax department regarding the ruling of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal suggesting that ITAT had accepted claims of money laundering. It said "the ITAT has refused to accept the allegation of the I-T department that there was any money-laundering by NDTV or Dr Prannoy Roy. (this is clearly mentioned in para 103 of its judgment)".            

The Washingtonian.com reports that the Washington Post has a new social media policy which says staffers can be fired if their social-media activity "adversely affects The Post's customers advertisers, subscribers, vendors, suppliers or partners." The paper's guild is opposing the policy.                  

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