Police sources said some viewers have testified they were paid to keep Republic TV on even when they were not watching.
In connection with a police case for alleged manipulation of ratings to show the news channel and its programmes as the most-watched, Republic TV’s distribution head has been arrested.
Ghanshyam Singh is the 12th accused to be taken in by the Mumbai Police in connection with the case over alleged manipulation of a television rating point or TRP. Singh heads distribution in the channel run by arrested anchor Arnab Goswami
Last week, Mr Goswami was arrested in a separate case from his Mumbai home, after the police said they had found new evidence in an abetment to suicide case filed in 2018. Mr Singh will be produced before a court today.
Police sources said some viewers have testified they were paid to keep Republic TV on even when they were not watching. Two local channels – Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema – were named in early investigations into the alleged TRP scam.
The Mumbai Police had said the TRP scam emerged during a larger analysis of manipulation of news trends and how a “false narrative” was being spread, especially on the investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.