BARB


BARB
   The Broadcasting Audience Research Board (BARB) replaced the Joint Industry Committee for Television Audience Research (JICTAR) in 1981 to permit an industry standard for the collection of audience data. BARB, while jointly owned by the BBC and Independent Television Authority, includes on its committees representatives from other broadcasters and the advertising industry. BARB has contracts with AGB and RSMB Television Research (1991–7) for the collection of viewing information from a panel of 4,700 households. BARB compiles viewing information from Peoplemeters, attached to television sets, via telephone lines overnight, allowing the quick release of detailed audience data. Qualitative data, in terms of an Appreciative Index, is collected for BARB by the BBC’s research department.
   PAUL RIXON

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

Synonyms:
(or excrescences like a beard), / (of a hook, etc.), , , / (of the Barbary breed), , ,


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  • barb — [ba:b US ba:rb] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: barbe barb, beard , from Latin barba] 1.) the sharp curved point of a hook, ↑arrow etc that prevents it from being easily pulled out 2.) a remark that is clever and amusing, but also cruel …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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