Headlines December 14, 2020
Republic TV CEO arrested in fake TV ratings scam
The Republic TV chief Vikas Khanchandani has been arrested by the Mumbai Police in the fake ratings scam. He is the 13th person to be arrested in the case so far. The arrest of the top executive comes less than a week after the Supreme Court turned down a plea from ARG Outlier Media Private Limited, which owns the Republic Media network.
“This petition is ambitious in nature. You want Maharashtra Police not to arrest any employee and transfer the cases to CBI. You better withdraw this,” said Justice DY Chandrachud to the group. The group had accused the Maharashtra Police of harassing the media house, its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and its employees.
The case was filed in October after Nitin Deokar, an official of Hansa Research, an agency that placed the ratings metres, filed a complaint alleging the process was being manipulated.
After investigating the matter, the Mumbai Police said Republic TV, which claims to have the highest ratings, was tweaking ratings to get high advertising rates by bribing the households where the monitoring machines were set.
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