GS Paper - 2 (Polity)

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 12 January 2022 resumed ratings for news channels. The Ministry asked the Broadcasting Audience Research Council (BARC) to release news ratings with immediate effect along with last three months' data in a monthly format. The BARC had suspended the ratings system in October 2020.

What the Ministry said

  1. In the spirit of the TRP committee report and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) recommendation dated 28 April, BARC has undertaken revision in its processes, protocols, oversight mechanism and initiated changes in governance structure etc.
  2. The reconstitution of the board and the technical committee to allow for the induction of independent members has also been initiated by BARC.
  3. A permanent oversight committee has also been formed. The access protocols for data have been revamped and tightened.
  4. The Ministry has also set up a 'Working Group' under the chairmanship of the CEO, Prasar Bharti, for the consideration of leveraging the Return Path Data (RPD) capabilities for the use of TRP services, as also recommended by TRAI and the TRP committee report. The panel shall submit its report in four months' time.