In the first reaction to the reports that NDTV had taken TAM India, Nielsen, Kantar Media, WPP and a host of other WPP owned companies to court, WPP issued a statement clarifying their position:
The highlights of the WPP position are as follows:
1. WPP says the reports refer to a ‘hypothetical’ suit.
2. It says that as of today (August 22), no suit has been served on WPP or any WPP operating company
3. It says that there is no merit whatsoever in any of the claims made
4. It says that the courts of New York have no jurisdiction to hear NDTV’s claims
5. WPP says that they are in the process of moving an application to strike out the ‘hypothetical’ suit
6. WPP says it is giving ‘active consideration’ to proceeding against NDTV for defamation
The full text of the WPP statement is found below:
“In the light of recent media comment, WPP feels it is appropriate to comment on the recent hypothetical law suit (the “hypothetical Law Suit”), said to have been issued in New York, by New Delhi Television Limited (“NDTV”) against WPP and other parties.
Despite comments in the media to the contrary, the hypothetical Law Suit has not, as of today, been served on WPP, nor on any of WPP’s operating companies (the “WPP Parties”), referred to in the hypothetical Law Suit.
In any event, there is no merit, whatsoever, in any of the claims made in the hypothetical Law Suit relating to the WPP Parties, nor do the courts of New York have any jurisdiction to hear any such claims.
Despite the lack of any valid service, the WPP Parties are in the process of issuing an immediate application to strike out the hypothetical Law Suit and will be seeking their costs in so doing.
In the light of these circumstances, WPP is also giving active consideration to issuing proceedings against NDTV for defamation and has instructed its lawyers accordingly.
The legal issues aside, TAM India (“TAM”) which is a joint venture between AC Nielsen Research Services Private Limited and Kantar Market Research Services Private Limited, is proud of the service it has been delivering to the market for 14 years, and the way in which investment in technology has been applied to the service. As recent developments indicate, TAM is committed to working with the industry to continuously improve the use of technology, coverage and transparency. TAM has taken and continues to take stringent measures to protect the panel against repeated attempts at tampering by currently unknown parties and has recently agreed a series of additional steps with the industry to remove any question marks about the quality and reliability of the TAM data.”
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