TRP manipulation case: Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani arrested in Mumbai

 As per the police, a number of these households were being bribed to tune into Republic TV and a couple of other channels.

The Mumbai Police on Sunday arrested Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani in reference to its probe into the alleged Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation scam.


The fake TRP scam came to light in October when ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a complaint through Hansa Research Group, alleging that certain television channels were rigging TRP numbers.

Hansa is one among BARC’s vendors on engagement with panel homes or people’s meters.

TRP, measured by recording viewership data at sample households, is crucial for attracting advertisers.

As per the police, a number of these households were being bribed to tune into Republic TV and a couple of other channels.

Republic TV has denied wrongdoing.

Another of channel’s employee – western region distribution head Ghanshyam Singh – was arrested last month in conection with the alleged scam. He was grsnted bail eaerlier this month.

The police have arrested a complete of 12 persons within the case thus far .

Meanwhile, Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami moved the Bombay supreme court last week seeking a stay to further investigation by the Mumbai Police within the TRP manipulation scam.

The petition, filed by Goswami and ARG Outlier Media which owns Republic TV, also alleged that one among the workers of the firm was tortured by the police in custody.

It sought protection for all employees from the “malicious witch hunt” allegedly being administered by the Maharashtra authorities.

The Supreme Court had last Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by ARG Outlier Media Private Limited, which owns the Republic Media network, seeking protection for the group and its employees within the cases lodged against them in Maharashtra.

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