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Barc to resume news genre ratings with immediate effect: MIB

The TRPs for news channels were suspended in October 2020.

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Mumbai: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has asked Broadcast Audience Research Council (Barc) India to resume TV audience measurement ratings for the news genre with immediate effect and also release three months of data for the genre in a monthly format.

As per the revised system, the reporting of news and niche genres shall be on a four-week rolling average concept. "This is to ensure fair, equitable representation of true trends," said MIB in a statement on Wednesday. 

The ministry has also set up a ‘working group’ under the chairmanship of the Prasar Bharati CEO for the consideration of leveraging the Return Path Data (RPD) capabilities for the use of TRP services, as also recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) and the TRP committee report. The committee shall submit its report in four months' time.

In a statement, the I&B ministry said, “In the spirit of the TRP committee report and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI’s) recommendation dated 28.04.2020, M/s Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) has undertaken revision in its processes, protocols, oversight mechanism and initiated changes in governance structure etc.  The reconstitution of the board and the technical committee to allow for the induction of independent members have also been initiated by BARC.  A permanent oversight committee has also been formed. The access protocols for data have been revamped and tightened.”

According to MIB, Barc has indicated that in view of changes undertaken by it, they are reaching out to related constituencies to explain the new proposals and are in readiness to actually commence the release as per the new protocols.

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