Mumbai commissioner Param Bir Singh said that Republic TV, headed by Arnab Goswami, and two other TV channels – Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema – are under scrutiny for manipulating ratings.
TRP could even be a tool to live in which TV programs are viewed because the foremost and also indicates the viewers’ choice and recognition of a specific channel.
Giving details of the racket, Singh said that a corporation named ‘Hansa’ was helping these channels in trying to manage the TRPs.
“Around 2,000 barometers installed in Mumbai were getting used to controlling TRPs,” Singh said.
“Some people would visit households on behalf of those channels and provides them money monthly. People were asked to constantly operate these channels,” the senior police official said.
According to Mumbai Police, each household would receive Rs 400-500 per month as an area of the racket.
“Various households have admitted they were being paid,” the police said.
The Detection Crime Branch of Mumbai police, which unearthed the TRP racket, has arrested owners of two Marathi channels, for manipulating viewership ratings, Singh said.
He added that Republic TV promoters and directors are becoming to be summoned soon.
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