Tampering with TRP ratings

IN Media Watch Briefs | 24/03/2018

 A Hindu report datelined Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh says a case has been registered  with Huzurabad police on March 17 against five persons for "manipulation, tampering, cheating, and  breach of trust for forcing the television viewers to watch particular channel serials by bribing them in order to increase TRP ratings  of particular channels." The ratings agency BARC had lodged the complaint.                     

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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