BARC India dismayed at sharing, misrepresentation of confidential communication by Republic Network

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BARC India has said it is “highly disappointed with the actions of the Republic Network by disclosing private and confidential communications and misrepresenting the same”, and has reiterated “that it has not commented on the ongoing investigation” into the ratings of news TV channels.

‘BARC India reiterates that it has not commented on the ongoing  investigation and without prejudice to BARC India’s rights, it expresses its dismay at the actions of the Republic Network’

BARC India said this in a statement it issued to the media, in response to Republic Network’s statement that began with: “Republic Media Network is delighted to inform the people of India that it has an official email from rating agency BARC clearly stating that there is not a single complaint or malpractice found against Republic TV, Republic Bharat or any other affiliate of the News Network. With the disclosure of BARC, the fake news-based campaign against Republic led by Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh comes to an end.”


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The Republic Network statement had said, “Crumbling the pack of lies floated and repeated over the last 9 days by Param Bir Singh and a section of the media, the BARC email to Republic Media Network’s Group CEO Vikas Khanchandani specifically confirms that there is no malpractice by the network. In the interest of making the truth public before the people of India, here are the facts of the latest piece of evidence Republic has put out:

“On 17th October, 2020, the Republic Network Group CEO Vikas Khanchandani received an official email from BARC clearly stating that there is not a single complaint or malpractice found against or by our Network by the rating agency.

The Republic Network statement quoted the email it stated it has received from BARC, as: “If there was any disciplinary action initiated under the said Code against M/s ARG Outlier Media Private Ltd., then BARC India would have communicated the same to you along with necessary documents for your response.” (Read Republic Network’s complete statement here: Republic News Release: BARC Email Shreds Param Bir Singh’s Lie-ridden Campaign In TRP Case)

BARC India promptly clarified in its press statement headlined: BARC India dismayed at misrepresentation of its communication by Republic Network, as follows: “BARC India has not commented on the ongoing investigation and it is providing necessary assistance to the law enforcement agency. BARC India is highly disappointed with the actions of the Republic Network by (of) disclosing private and confidential communications and misrepresenting the same.

The statement continues: “BARC India reiterates that it has not commented on the ongoing  investigation and without prejudice to BARC India’s rights, it expresses its dismay at the actions of the Republic Network.”(end of BARC India’s statement).

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