This exercise would cover all Hindi, regional, English news and business news channels with immediate effect, BARC said in a statement.

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The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India on Thursday announced that it is pausing the publication of the weekly individual ratings for all news channels, as its Technical Committee will be reviewing their current standards of measuring and reporting the data. This exercise will be held in order to improve their ‘statistical robustness’ and to ‘significantly hamper the potential attempts of infiltrating the panel homes.’ This exercise would cover all Hindi, regional, English news and business news channels with immediate effect, BARC said in a statement.

“Starting with the ‘News Genre’, BARC will cease publishing the weekly individual ratings for all news channels during the exercise. This exercise is expected to take around 8-12 weeks including validation and testing under the supervision of BARCs Tech Comm. BARC will continue to release weekly audience estimates for the genre of news by state and language,” BARC India said.

Explaining the need for this move, Punit Goenka, Chairman of BARC India Board, said, “Given the most recent developments, the BARC Board was of the opinion that a pause was necessitated to enable the industry and BARC to work closely to review its already stringent protocols and further augment them to enable the industry to focus on collaborating for growth and well-natured competitiveness.”

Sunil Lulla, CEO of BARC India said, “We at BARC take our role in truthfully and faithfully reporting ‘What India Watches’ with the greatest sense of responsibility and work with integrity to ensure that our audience estimates (ratings) remain true to their purpose.” He added, “Besides augmenting current protocols and benchmarking them with global standards, BARC is actively exploring several options to discourage unlawful inducement of its panel home viewers and further strengthening its code of conduct to address viewership malpractice.”

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