Indian television ratings monitoring agencies BARC India and TAM India have joined hands to form a new meter management company.
The new company will run meter operations and supply raw data to BARC India. Meters will be deployed based on BARC’s sample design and the ratings will be computed and disseminated through BARC India’s software. This ratings data will be the sole trading currency for the country, giving advertisers, broadcasters and agencies accurate and quality measurement.
The meter company will have the meter assets and panel management operations of the present BARC India and TAM India panels, which will be jointly owned by BARC India, Nielsen and Kantar with management control resting with BARC India.
To start with, the company will have 34,000 meters covering all of India, and will supply raw data to BARC, which will use its own statistical processes and sampling design. The details of the formation and roll out of this new company will be shared in the coming weeks.
TAM India will continue to provide its non-TV ratings services to the market, notably AdEx - Advertising Expenditure for TV, Print, Radio, RAM - Radio Audience Measurement, Eikona - PR Audit, TAM Sports Measurement and S-Group Consulting.