New Delhi: On the recommendation of the Uttar Pradesh government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered an FIR into the alleged manipulation of TRPs by TV channels. Also Read - Fake TRP Scam: BARC Temporarily Halts Weekly Ratings of News Channels to Improve on 'Statistical Robustness'
The CBI filed the FIR against unidentified persons on the basis of a reference from the Uttar Pradesh Police, officials said on Tuesday. Also Read - Mumbai Police Busts Fake TRP Scam: Why Does TRP Matter to TV Channels? All You Need to Know
The case, which was earlier registered at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on a complaint of an advertising company promoter, was handed over to the CBI by the Uttar Pradesh Government, they said.
The primary allegations relate to manipulation of TRPs on a payment, they said. The CBI officials refused to give any further details.
TRP or Television Rating Points of a channel or programme are used to measure popularity by advertising agencies which affect pricing.
The points are calculated in India by Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) using a device installed in over 45,000 households across the country called “Bar-O-Meter”.
The device collects data about a programme or channel watched by members of these household on the basis of which weekly ratings are issued by BARC.
Recently, Mumbai Police had registered a case of TRP manipulation following which the ratings were reportedly suspended by BARC. Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV is among the four channels being investigated.
(With inputs from PTI)