Thursday, June 17, 2021
Home Media Rahul Kanwal has claimed twice in a row that India Today beat Republic TV...

Rahul Kanwal has claimed twice in a row that India Today beat Republic TV hollow in terms of viewership: Here is what BARC data says

Is Rahul Kanwal truly brazen enough to lie about data that is available for public consumption or does he not know that BARC publishes its viewership data on its website, available for anyone to analyse?

The Coronavirus pandemic is arguable the biggest ‘story’ for journalists and news channel in this decade. A pandemic that has engulfed all countries of the world and at home in India, it has caused over 5000 positive cases with tens of deaths. Other than the scale of tragedy that has been unleashed on the world, there are several other underpinnings to this story as well, such as the role of China, WHO and here in India, the role of Tablighi Jamaat. Most news channels have approached these aspects of the story in accordance with their ideological inclinations. While some shielded China and the Tablighi Jamaat, others exposed them threadbare. When there is a story of global importance to be told, there are also TRP wars that news channels indulge in invariably. In this regard, Rahul Kanwal declared himself and his channel India Today victorious with a thumping pat on his own back today. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Kanwal first said that viewers are spending twice the time on India Today (according to BARC) as they do on their competition’s, and their ‘competition’ would obviously mean channels like Times Now and Republic.

Following that assertions, Rahul Kanwal said that “Bloated egos and noise factories can polarise but they can’t report on a fast moving story”.

Tweet by Rahul Kanwal

The obvious reference of Rahul Kanwal’s tweet was Republic TV and Arnab Goswami. Several elites in the news industry, who invariably align with Left-wing politics, refer to Republic TV as a ‘noise factory’ and Arnab Goswami as someone with a bloated ego. The reference was also clear because Kanwal used his self-congratulatory tweet to slam “polarisation”, which essentially would mean that Rahul Kanwal and India Today disapprove of the manner in which Republic TV has taken it upon themselves to expose the nefarious designs of Tablighi Jamaat, that led to the spread of Coronavirus in India.

Further, Rahul Kanwal claimed that Aaj Tak and India Today were “number 1 this week”.

Tweet by Rahul Kanwal

Today again, Rahul Kanwal took to Twitter to declare that India Today was the reigning supreme as far as English News Channels were concerned.

Self-Congratulatory tweet by Rahul Kanwal
Self-Congratulatory tweet by Rahul Kanwal

Rahul Kanwal seems to feverishly compete with Arnab Goswami and Republic, week after week, by declaring repeatedly that India Today has far more viewers than Republic TV and that their form of news is far more ‘insightful’ compared to Arnab Goswami.

However, when one looks at the BARC data, Rahul Kanwal’s self-laudatory tweets ring hollow and dishonest.

What BARC Data sys – Who is ahead, India Today or Republic TV?

Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India is a Joint Industry Company founded by stakeholder bodies that represent Broadcasters, Advertisers, and Advertising and Media Agencies. Every week, BARC comes up with several combative charts that tell people which channel is ahead of its competitors in different genres, like English News, Hindi News etc.

It is pertinent to note that Rahul Kanwal congratulated himself on the 9th April and then again on the 23rd of April. So approximately, we must look at data right from the 28th of March up until 17th of April to ascertain if Rahul Kanwal is lying and misleading his viewers when he claims that India Today is the heavyweight champion in the English News category according to BARC. For the data from 17th April onwards, we will have to wait for another day, but it is unlikely it would differ too much from the preceding 3 weeks.

When one looks at the BARC data, it becomes extremely clear who the reigning supreme channel is in the English News category, and it is Republic TV, led by Arnab Goswami all the way.

From the 28th March 2020 to the 3rd of April 2020, according to BARC, Republic TV had a substantial lead over India Today. In fact, Times Now was second to Republic TV and India Today was a distant third.

BARC Data for Week 13

Week 14 (4th April to 10th April) was worse for India Today. While Republic scored 1896, India Today scored only an 866, slipping to the number 4 spot.

It is pertinent to note that Rahul Kanwal had congratulated himself first on the 9th of April. As evident from the BARC data, he was lying if he was talking about the previous week (Week 13) or the current week as the per tweet (week 14). India Today was nowhere close to Republic TV on these two weeks.

BARC Data for Week 14

The next tweet by Rahul Kanwal is on 28th April. Though this week’s numbers are yet to be released, the preceding week, Week 15, from 11th April to 27th April show that India Today is way behind Republic TV.

BARC Data for Week 15

It remains to be seen what the data for Week 16 states and whether India Today has truly overtaken Republic. But it is pertinent to note that since the first week of its inception, Republic TV has consistently occupied the number 1 spot per the BARC Ratings.

As far as the Hindi News channels go, India Today’s Aaj Tak is certainly the number 1 channel by a mile, however, Republic also features in the top 5, which is a relative feat for a new channel in the Hindi News segment.

It thus begs an important question – Is Rahul Kanwal truly brazen enough to lie about data that is available for public consumption or does he not know that BARC publishes its viewership data on its website, available for anyone to analyse?

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

While Twitter has a policy of removing anti-vaccine tweets, its refusal to remove such posts by Congress leaders shows its bias in India

Even though Twitter has been prompt to remove anti-vaccine tweets, it still allows them when posted by Congress leaders in India

BJP MLA files complaint against Rahul Gandhi, Asaduddin Owaisi, Swara Bhasker seeking FIR under NSA for trying to instigate communal riots using fake news

Loni MLA Nand Kishor Gurjar said Rahul Gandhi and others were trying to create communai riots by blaming Hindus for the Loni assault case

Did a journalist inadvertently end up revealing real reason why Rahul Gandhi ended his West Bengal rallies?

COVID-positive Rahul Gandhi cancelled his public rallies in West Bengal, but did not disclose it while announcing the same. He, instead, claimed it was being done in view of raging pandemic.

Greta Thunberg-inspired student climate activist group in New Zealand disbands itself for being ‘racist and white-dominated space’

School Strike 4 Climate Auckland said that they have turned white dominated racist group that ignored BIPOC voices and demands

‘Celebrities project themselves as messiahs’: Bombay HC orders probe on how Sonu Sood obtained Covid-19 drugs

The AG said that Sonu Sood received the anti-Covid drugs from several pharmacies located inside Lifeline Care Hospital in Goregaon.

Prices of key commodities come down, edible palm oil down by 19% while pulses see a drop in prices by 8%

The government apart from considering reducing taxes on vegetable oil imports after cooking oil prices hit record highs last month, is also working at promoting domestic production of oil crops.

Recently Popular

Salman Khan’s ‘Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai’ earns Rs 17,792 over three days from two theatres in Maharashtra: Details

Citing low occupancy, the theatres screening Salman Khan starrer Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai have reduced number of its daily shows

As Yogi Sarkar lodges FIR against Twitter, 8 others, Alt News co-founder Zubair deletes fake hate crime video: Details

The UP Govt has initiated action against Twitter for failing to take down tweets that spread misinformation about a crime in the state.

Here is the truth about the land deal by Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra and how the allegations by likes of AAP are baseless

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra and its head Champat Rai bought an additional piece of land for the purposes of additional construction to facilitate pilgrims who would be travelling to Ayodhya

Virtual hearing embarrassment: Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi caught attending the court proceedings without pants

Abhishek Manu Singhvi was caught attending court proceedings in boxer shorts when one of the screens accidentally fell off and showed the naked legs of the senior advocate

Nikhil Kamath disregarded Viswanathan Anand’s request to not use his name in public communication after cheating, says grandmaster’s wife

Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath recently apologised for using unfair means to defeat Chess grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand

Uttar Pradesh: FIR against The Wire, Alt News cofounder Zubair, Rana Ayyub, Twitter and others for fake ‘hate crime’. Details

The UP Police in its FIR stated that the accused tried to fan communal discord by spreading fake news that an elderly Muslim man was beaten up and forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'
- Advertisement -


Connect with us