The move is consequent to the 'overwhelming' response the body has got to the Request for Information (RFI) that it had issued in January this year.
Punit Goenka, chairman of BARC and MD and CEO of Zee, says, "We are happy with the interest shown by global vendors of technology and research in our project. The RFPs are going out to all of them. This will be followed by discussions and evaluation of these proposals."
Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC, explains, "This is our second step towards initiating a cutting edge measurement system which will see the marriage of technology and research. The first step was the establishment survey, which the TechCom led by Shashi Sinha and Paritosh Joshi has already initiated."
BARC is a joint industry body set up in India in 2012 with the specific purpose of designing, commissioning, supervising and owning India's Television Audience Measurement System. BARC is a joint venture bringing together the three key stakeholders in television audience measurement - broadcasters, advertisers and advertising & media agencies. Their respective apex bodies, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), the Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) and the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI), represent the three industries.