Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, June 29, 2007

British Call-In Shows Continue to Cause Controversy

The flap over those British call-in/quiz shows continues. Now they're facing the possibility that they might need to obtain licenses under the 2005 Gambling Act. Ofcom has already fined Channel Five a record three hundred thousand pounds over breaches of the broadcasting code during its popular quiz Brainteaser.

"Having considered the relevant facts as outlined above and the representations made by Channel 5 and taking account of the factors listed above, the Committee decided to impose a financial penalty on Channel 5 of £300,000 (payable to HM Paymaster General) which it considers to be a proportionate and appropriate penalty in all the circumstances of this case. In addition, the Committee has directed Channel 5 to broadcast a statement of Ofcom’s findings in a form determined by Ofcom on its service Five on two occasions, once at 12:30 (the time Brainteaser was transmitted) and once in peak-time."

Here's a link to the agency's decision.

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