The Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2013 was released on January 28, 2014. The release attracted differing views on the accuracy of the data forcing the Readership Survey Council of India (RSCI) to request subscribers to hold the study in abeyance and undertake a revalidation exercise.
It was decided that the findings would be discussed by the heads of the four industry bodies - the chairman, RSCI, chairman, MRUC, president, INS and chairman, ABC - before making any decision.
The audit was conducted in two stages. Stage one involved direct back-checking of respondent homes after which a much broader and deeper Forensic Statistical Analysis exercise was carried out to identify and isolate both fieldwork compliance deficiencies and incidences of occurrence of Unusual Publication Incidence (UPI) in respondent interview records.
After intense deliberations and a careful examination of the audit report, it was unanimously decided to lift the voluntary abeyance placed on the Readership Survey.