The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Wednesday resumed ratings for news channels.

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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. The Ministry said in a statement, “In the spirit of the TRP commit- tee report and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendation dated April 28, BARC has undertaken revision in its processes, protocols, oversight mechanism and initiated changes in governance structure etc. “The re-constitution of the board and the technical committee to allow for the induction of independent members has also been initiated by BARC. A Permanent oversight committee has also been formed. The access protocols for data have been revamped and tightened.”

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