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May 12, 2008

BBC in charity cash scandal


by David Allen

Is there never going to be an end to the scandals that surround the premium rate phone calls which viewers make, when it comes to voting for the winners on certain TV programmes?

Or is it just that these phone polls have created such a mistrust of those who run them, that they are scrutinised more thoroughly than before?

Whatever the reason, the outcome is going to be the same, outrage! From viewers who spend time and money watching these programmes and voting for whoever they feel should be the winner.

In this latest case, it has been found that over a £100,000 that should have gone to various charitable organisations had for one reason or another been held back.

The thing that saves the BBC is the fact that they actually commissioned an audit of the premium phone lines that are operated by Audiocall in conjunction with over three hundred programmes.

It was found that around £106,000 did not get paid to the charities because these calls were made after the voting lines closed.

It is not known which programmes have been affected, but the BBC have now paid the money plus interest totally at £123,000 to the charitable organisations.

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