The police have registered a case against Republic TV’s promoters for having cheated the nation. In an ongoing investigation, the Mumbai Police Commissioner, Param Bir Singh has said that there are also arrests that are going to follow.
Republic TV has trumped up TRPs (Television Rating Points) in order to lieu advertisers. The report comes from the former employees of a company called Hansa. As per the police, the biometrics installed by the company Hansa, for BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) that determines the TRP ratings, told certain channels including Republic TV about households where these barometers were being used.
The channels subsequently paid these households to watch their channel the entire day to escalate the ratings.
The police said, the revenue that resulted from these false ratings deal in hundreds of crores of rupees and therefore the revenue proceeds towards crime.