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Arnab Goswami WhatsApp Chats Leak: TRP Tussle, Ministers

BP World Bureau | Jan 17 2021
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Social media saw over 500 pages of old WhatsApp conversations between journalist Arnab Goswami and former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Partho Dasgupta being leaked. 

Goswami, Republic TV Editor, sought information on the ‘landing row’ controversy and how it was being monitored by BARC and TRAI from Dasgupta. 

Mumbai police filed a supplementary charge sheet in the Television Rating Points (TRP) scam probe where Republic TV is accused of faking TRPs. 

Amidst this, 1,000-odd pages of WhatsApp conversations retrieved from Partho Dasgupta’s phone were made public. 

Read: Republic TV Editor Arnab Goswami Arrested in 2018 Suicide Abetment Case 

In the chats, they were discussing TRAI, Multi System Operators (MSOs) and Local Cable Operators (LCOs), and about 'AS' who is assumed to be Home Minister Amit Shah. 

As per the chats, Goswami is meeting with ministers of the NDA, including Smriti Irani, Amit Shah, and others, and is seen saying that he shares proximity with the Prime Minister’s office (PMO).