“BARC India is highly disappointed with the actions of the Republic Network by disclosing private and confidential communications and misrepresenting the same,” it said.
On Sunday, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) expressed disappointment with Republic Network for disclosing their private & confidential communication and misrepresenting the same.
BARC India, in a statement, said it has not commented on the ongoing investigation and it is providing necessary assistance to the law enforcement agency.
“BARC India is highly disappointed with the actions of the Republic Network by disclosing private and confidential communications and misrepresenting the same. BARC India reiterates that it has not commented on the ongoing investigation and without prejudice to BARC India’s rights, it expresses its dismay at the actions of the Republic Network,” BARC said.
— BARCIndia (@BARCIndia) October 18, 2020
Earlier today, making the details of an email conversation between its CEO Vikas Khanchandani and BARC CEO Sunil Lulla private, Republic media network called it the “biggest reveal”.
Republic CEO Vikas Khanchandani had written an email to BARC on October 16, 2020, requesting it to “confirm in the public domain” that the “BARC and its vigilance team has found no infringement by Republic TV (ARG Outliers Media Pvt. Ltd)”.
BARC India CEO Lulla, even as the matter was under investigation, responded to that email saying, “If there was any disciplinary action initiated against ARG Outlier Media Private Ltd, then BARC India would have communicated the same to you along with necessary documents for your response.”
Republic, revealing the above email communication, claimed: “Thus, this e-mail proves that BARC did not allege any malpractice against the Republic Media Network, and yet, the Mumbai Police Commissioner floated a factually-bereft campaign against it, which has been comprehensively exposed at every turn.”