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India’s leading English language news television channels have stopped inserting the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) watermark in their signals following a major disagreement.

barc new logo 19 May 2017According to local reports, members of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) – India Today, Times Now, News X, CNN News 19, and NDTV 24x7 – are reacting to BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta’s decision to publish Republic TV’s viewership data on 18 May, despite allegations the new network had placed itself in multiple genres and logical channel numbers (LCNs) on several networks across India.

BARC’s latest audience ratings showed that Republic TV, which launched operations on 6 May 2017, had already captured more than 52% of the English news sector’s market.

According to the data for week 19 (from 6-12 May), Arnab Goswami-headed Republic TV had 2117 weekly impressions, while Times Now had 1148. These were followed by NDTV 24x7 (with 352), India Today Television (350) and CNN News18 (315).