Arnab Goswami’s WhatsApp chat with former BARC CEO leaked on social media

In TRP scam case, a 500-page document of interactions between Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami and Former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Partho Das Gupta has been allegedly leaked on social media.

Chats reveal damning information related to Goswami’s proximity with the PMO and members of Modi government, his efforts to manipulate TRPs in his favour and seek help from the BJP government. 

In the leaked chat, former BARC CEO allegedly sent a confidential BARC letter to Arnab saying that he had jammed the News Broadcasters Association (NBA). Arnabd Goswami allegedly replied that he might meet PM Modi regarding the matter.

Few messages also indicated that Das Gupta told Goswami that Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) reform proposal to measure TV viewership digitally using special software installed in the set-top box would politically hurt both Republic channel and the BJP.

Former BARC CEO asks Goswami in the leaked chats to use his influence with BJP leaders to sabotage TRAI reform to install automatic digital measurement software and replace the manual system of meter installation households.

Arnab’s alleged WhatsApp chat with Das Gupta was leaked on social media on the same day when the Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing in the TRP Scam case till 29 January. The Mumbai Police also said that they will not arrest Goswami until the next hearing.