All the leading English news channels, barring newly launched Republic TV, on Thursday, have pulled out of the Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) after it refused to accept the NBA request to not to release the viewership data for the newly launched Republic TV.

The channels have also removed the BARC watermarking from their feeds.

Earlier, NBA had urged to BARC to not release the viewership data of Republic TV as the matter is under investigation with TRAI.

NBA had earlier alleged that Republic TV was trying to gain more viewership through distribution malpractices. – Times Now