InvestorQ : What is the latest ED case filed in the TRP case that is going on against channels like Republic TV?
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What is the latest ED case filed in the TRP case that is going on against channels like Republic TV?

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Mitali Bhutta answered.
6 months ago
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The Enforcement Directorate or the ED has filed money laundering complaint in the TRP rigging scam that has made headlines in the last few weeks. In fact, Republic TV was one of the parties summoned and questioned by the ED in this particular case. ED has filed an enforcement case information report or ECIR, which is like an FIR under the PMLA.

The ED complaint was filed based on the FIR registered in October by the Mumbai Police wing that had named Republic TV channel and two Marathi channels in this TRP scam. Obviously, Republic TV and other accused denied manipulation of TRPs. Two officials of Hansa Research have also been interrogated.

The purpose of the ED is to actually probe if fake TRPs were generated and if the money earned through this route was being used to generate illegal funds and create illegitimate assets; either in India or abroad. TRPs are adjudged based on TV channel viewership in a confidential set of households via installation of measuring devices.

The alleged scam came to light when ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a complaint through Hansa Research Group, alleging that certain television channels were rigging TRP numbers.

The advertisement allocation by media buyers is determined based on these TRP ratings and hence they become critical decision points. The Mumbai police alleged that some channels had paid hefty bribes to low income groups just to keep the TV channel on in order to fraudulently increase advertising revenue. The last word is yet to said on this subject.

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