On November 24, 2016, BARC had temporarily suspended the ratings data for India News, TV9 Telugu, and V6 News from Week 46 to Week 49 of 2016 for suspected malafide practices
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | December 9, 2016
Describing the suspension of India News ratings by BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council India) as ‘arbitrary and illegal’ by an order dated December 6, 2016, the High Court of Bombay has stayed the suspension of BARC ratings of the channel. The court has stated that the suspension and subsequent communication to all the subscribers has been prima-facie seen as a reputation maligning action.
On November 24, 2016, BARC had temporarily suspended the ratings data for India News, TV9 Telugu, and V6 News from Week 46 to Week 49 of 2016 for suspected malafide practices.
In a statement following the court order, Varun Kohli, CEO, India News, said, “India News is a credible news channel in the broadcasting business in the country and has grown consistently in the last four years both in the times of BARC ratings and TAM ratings, the predecessor of BARC. As a news channel, we uphold strong journalistic values and have established ourselves as a trustworthy and responsible media house in the country and have enjoyed unconditional support from all the stakeholders over the years. We are very confident that all the stakeholders and our well-wishers will continue to support us as they have done till now and we wish to work more closely with one and all.”