Television rating agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) has temporarily suspended the recording and publishing of the weekly news channels’ ratings amid the fake TRP probe.

“BARC Board has proposed that it’s Technical Committee (Tech Comm) review and augment the current standards of measuring and reporting the data of niche genres, to improve their statistical robustness and to significantly hamper the potential attempts of infiltrating the panel homes,” the BARC said in a statement.

The rating agency added that the exercise is expected to run from eight to twelve weeks, covering all English, Hindi and regional news channels. However, the audience estimates on the basis of states and languages will be released every week by the BARC.

“The temporary suspension was important to enable the industry and the agency to work closely to review its already stringent protocols and further augment them to enable focus on collaborating for growth and well-natured competitiveness,” Punit Goenka, Chairman of BARC India Board, said.

“We at BARC take our role in truthfully and faithfully reporting ‘What India Watches’ with the greatest sense of responsibility and work with integrity to ensure that our audience estimates (ratings) remain true to their purpose,” BARC CEO Sunil Lulla said.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court declined to hear a plea by Republic TV that challenges the Mumbai police investigation into the TRP scam. The Apex Court asked Republic TV to move the Bombay high court first.