Mumbai, October 8: A fake BARC TRP ratings racket in the city was busted, with Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh on Thursday confirming the arrest of employees of two local channels. The police chief claimed the involvement of three channels in the TRP fraud, with one of them allegedly being "Republic TV".
Singh, while addressing the press, said the select-households which are part of the sample size to determine the Television Rating Points were paid to keep certain channels on. Around "2,000 households" were paid between "Rs 400 to Rs 500" to view the channels under scanner, he added.
Apart from Republic TV, two other channels named in the alleged TRP manipulation racket are Box Cinema and Fakt Marathi - two local Marathi language channels. According to the Police Commissioner, ex-employees of Hansa Research were allegedly involved in the racket.
Singh confirmed that the arrested individuals have alleged the involvement of more individuals in the racket. "Republic TV and two other channels manipulated TRPs. No matter how senior the individual is in the channel, they will be questioned. It doesn’t matter if they are directors, promoters or employees of the channel," he said.