Many skeletons are tumbling out from the closet of TV media as the TRP scam probe by Mumbai Police progresses. Already the TRP scam probe revealed how some media channels including Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV have been manipulating the Television Rating Points. These TRP ratings help the news channels get advertising. More TRP, more brands preferring the news channel for their ads. So while, the probe revealed that the TRP was being manipulated. Later on it also revealed who all were hands in glove in the scam. Last month it was revealed by police that Partho Dasgupta, arrested former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), in alleged connivance with another ex-senior BARC official and Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, manipulated the television rating points (TRP) of Republic TV and its Hindi arm. Now, the police has revealed to the Bombay High Court that they have more evidence in this regard. While the hearing in the TRP scam case was going on in the Bombay High Court, a document was leaked on social media and I dare say it could possibly be the most damning revelation so far. The document that runs for more than 500 pages features an alleged chat between Ex-BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta and Republic TV Founder and CEO Arnab Goswami. In the conversation the two allegedly discuss TRP, Media, Arnab Goswami’s fellow colleagues in the Industry and even the Proximity of Goswami to the ruling dispensation. You might remember that around 2010, a major crisis hit Indian media that put several question mark on the role that media plays and what goes behind the curtains. If you haven’t guessed yet, I am talking about the Radia tapes controversy. it revealed how lobbying works in the nexus of senior journalists, politicians, and corporate houses.It also served as a precursor to the 2G scam and a stronger checks for the media. Now this latest revelation and the alleged WhatsApp chats are being termed as the sequel of the same. Let’s discuss this in today’s video.
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