Vikas Khanchandani, CEO of Republic TV was arrested from his residence on Sunday morning by Mumbai Police’s Crime Intelligence Unit in connection with the alleged TRP scam.
Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani has been remanded to police custody till December 15 in connection with the alleged TRP manipulation case. Mumbai Police had launched an investigation into the alleged TRP manipulation case in October on the basis of a complaint filed by ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council.
Vikas Khanchandani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Republic TV was arrested from his residence in Mumbai on Sunday morning by the police’s Crime Intelligence Unit. Apart from Republic TV, Mumbai Police had named Box Cinema, Fakt Marathi and Maha Movie as the accused in the case.
In its complaint filed through Hansa Research Agency, BARC had alleged that the accused bribed household members to tune into their channels in an effort to drive up their TRP (television rating points). Hansa Research Agency was contracted by BARC to record viewership data at sample households for calculation of TRP, which is crucial for attracting advertising revenue for channels.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, in a press conference, had accused three channels, including Republic TV of rigging barometers set up by BARC with the aim of eliciting higher TRPs for themselves. In a chargesheet filed recently, Mumbai Police had claimed that an official of Hansa Research Agency bribed sample households to tune into Box Cinema, Fakt Marathi, Maha Movie and Republic TV.
A total of 13 people have been arrested in connection with the alleged TRP manipulation case to date.
Republic TV, however, has denied any wrongdoing. In October, the Mumbai Police had summoned three office bearers of Republic Network in connection with the alleged TRP scam.