Within two weeks of its launch, Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV has become the most-watched news channel in India, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) said on Thursday.
The announcement by BARC saw an immediate exit of several English channels affiliated to the News Broadcasters Association (NBA).
According to the NBA’s own website, it presently has ’23 leading news and current affairs broadcasters (comprising 62 news and current affairs channels) as its members.’
The members of NBA include Times Now, India Today, NDTV, and the TV 18 Group.
According to a report in Livemint, Republic, which was launched on May 6, ended the week on May 12, with 2.11 million impressions, which was 84.4% more than Times Now, which was Goswami’s earlier employer.
This comes after allegations by the NBA that had alleged that Republic TV indulged in ‘unethical distribution practices’ and asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to take appropriate action against the channel.
Meanwhile, the NBA wrote a letter to Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India, stating that it had gone ahead with ‘inflated and corrupt data for Republic TV’.
“Given your indifference to the serious situation at hand, we are left with no option but to advise some of our aggrieved members to opt out of BARC’s watermarking system with immediate effect until there is appropriate redressal of our grievance,” the letter was quoted as saying.
NBA in its letters last week, had accused Republic TV of listing itself on more than one channel number on various cable networks
Now Arnab’s Republic Tv has Hit Out at Timesnow as Well as India Today.
From Last Few Days we all have been seeing Ugly Fight Between English Media houses since Republic TV is Launched few days back Aditya Raj Kaul Hit out at India Today and went on to tweet India Today on two channels. Why not look within? Pot calling the kettle black?
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) May 15, 2017
Now Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani Has issued a Statement and a direct attack at 2 Media Houses India Today and Timesnow.
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) May 19, 2017