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Mumbai police obtain Arnab Goswami’s WhatsApp chat with ratings agency CEO
  • Mumbai Police have obtained transcript of dialog between Arnab Goswami and the CEO of a rankings firm
  • Conversations are mentioned to be greater than a 1,000 pages
  • BARC CEO Pratho Dasgupta had requested Goswami to get him a job in India’s PM Office


Police officers in Mumbai obtained WhatsApp conversations displaying  India’s firebrand anchor of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, was frequently speaking  the top of rankings firm Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Pratho Dasgupta, mentioned the Indian publication The Hindu.

The publication mentioned that Mumbai Police have talked about the connection in a supplementary chargesheet filed throughout an investigation right into a rankings tampering scandal involving a couple of information channels in India, together with the hyper-nationalist Republic TV.

The publication reported that police have retrieved conversations which are greater than 1,000 pages from Dasgupta’s telephone.

In the dialog, the BARC CEO was seen asking Goswami to achieve out to the federal government on his behalf at a number of occasions.

In a dialog on April 4, 2019, simply days earlier than the final elections, Dasgupta had requested the Republic TV anchor to stall India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority’s (TRAI) proposal to make the BARC’s viewing information public relatively than the council simply supplying it to channels.

Dasgupta had informed Goswami that if the information was made public then a number of channels could possibly be blacked out by Multi System Operators (MSOs) and Local Cable Operators (LCOs).

“With public data, MSOs and LCOs will push you guys for more carriage,” Dasgupta had informed Goswami.

In response to his fears, the anchor assured the BARC CEO that when the Narendra Modi-led authorities returns to energy then the TRAI will turn out to be toothless.

The publication, quoting the conversations, mentioned that Goswami had additionally requested Dasgupta to share with him factors on how reforms have been politically dangerous to the federal government.

“With channels getting blacked out, impact of messaging on TV will reach lesser people and hence diluted impact,” Dasgupta mentioned within the transcripts.

“Can you help by telling AS to tell TRAI to pipe down on BARC?” requested the BARC CEO.

The publication mentioned that the 2 had made a number of references to “AS”, with whom Goswami purportedly loved an in depth relationship. It added that the initials weren’t disclosed within the transcript.

Following the dialog, Goswami responded to the BARC CEO saying that “a strong message has been conveyed to TRAI.”

The Hindu mentioned that this was not the one time that the BARC CEO had sought Goswami’s assist in opposition to TRAI.

During the dialog, Dasgupta had informed the Republic TV a number of occasions that he was below stress from “vested interests”. He additionally says he’s below stress from numerous channels on viewership information.

At one level the BARC CEO had additionally approached Goswami to get him a job as “media advisor” within the Prime Minister’s Office.

In different conversations, Goswami had complained to the BARC CEO over his channel not getting higher rankings however he was assured by Dasgupta that essential steps can be taken to “clean the data”.

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