New Delhi: TV journalist Arnab Goswami’s Republic channel, may get into trouble in the near future. The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has said that the Channel used unethical distribution strategy to bring more viewers. According to the website of Best Media Info, NBA wrote to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and alleged that Goswami’s channel was running many feeds on multi-system operators platforms. This is for the first time that NBA has raised a case against any channel for employing unethical methods to garner more viewership.
According to reports, the NBA has alleged that the Republic channel was listed simultaneously at several locations in different genres.The NBA while terming this aspect as illegal has asked TRAI to take strict action against the channel, so that no other TV channel could adopt such methods in the future. Republic channel’s dual and in some cases triple feed was traced in 171 cities of the country with the largest concentration in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarkhand. According to the TRAI notification of 2017, it is mandatory for the distributors to run the channels under the same genre.
According to a source in Arnab Goswami’s former channel, Times Now, he was always suspected of relying on unethical means to boost the viewership of his new channel.A week ago, an e-mail was sent by the Times Network to all its employees to report on any of the unethical aspect resorted to by Arnab Goswami’s Republic channel.
Republic, which was launched on May 6, has already courted controversy on more than one occasions.