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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ofcom Fines BBC For Phone In Competitions That Misled Participants

The BBC will pay an enormous fine--some 95,000 pounds--over phone-in competitions in which participants had no chance of winning. Ofcom noted that in these "live" (but actually pre-recorded) competitions, viewers who called in were deliberately excluded from winning prizes. The BBC Trust has already required that the BBC apologize on air for its actions.

Ofcom has already fined the BBC previously for other misdeeds, including the "Blue Peter" scandal last year. Read more here. Read more about the Ofcom adjudications on its website here.

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