India’s right-wing news media outlet, Republic TV, has landed into another trouble after its distribution head was arrested Tuesday by the Mumbai Police days after the editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami, was detained.
Republic Media Network Assistant Vice President Ghanshyam Singh was arrested in a case over alleged rigging of Television Rating Points (TRPs), making him the 12th person to be detained by the Mumbai Police’s Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU).
Singh was reportedly involved in manipulating the TRPs in a bid to show that Republic TV and its programmes were the most watched in India. He was scheduled to be produced before a court.
According to NDTV, the TRP rigging scandal came to the fore after Mumbai-based ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) in a complaint to the Hansa Research Group accused certain television channels of manipulating their TRP statistics.