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August 18, 2008

ITV in trouble again over phone voting


by David Allen

It has only been a matter of a couple of months since the media regulator Ofcom, fined ITV £5.67 million for irregularities concerning premium rate phone in competitions.

It was found that they were cheating their viewers out of millions of pounds.

Well it seems that ITV could be in trouble again, over the phone voting for the People’s Choice for the British Comedy Awards in 2004.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams of Little Britain fame won the award that year.

However, according to the reports coming out of Ofcom, there are some discrepancies as to what happened on the night.

The show was shown live up until 11 pm when the Late News was shown, and then the show carried on after.

Whereas, in actual fact the show itself had finished by the time the news programme had finished.

Therefore, the remainder of the show was not live although viewers continued to call in with their votes.

It is estimated that there were around £5,000 worth of wasted votes on the night and it is expected that Ofcom can fine ITV around £100,000 for this phone in problem.

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