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BBC caught out again: Fined £95K for unfair competitions.

Here we go again: Save your money as the BBC ignore any competition you enter.

Industry regulator Ofcom imposed the penalty for "serious" breaches of its code in shows broadcast on Radio 2 and BBC London 94.9FM.

The BBC invited listeners to take part in phone-in competitions in pre-recorded programmes that were broadcast "as live" when it knew they stood no chance of winning, Ofcom said.

The regulator fined the corporation £70,000 over editions of Dermot O'Leary's Radio 2 show broadcast between June and December 2006.

And it ordered it to pay £25,000 for breaches in Tony Blackburn's BBC London programme between December 2005 and December 2006.

The BBC must also broadcast a statement of Ofcom's findings on both the stations.
Ofcom said: "The BBC invited listeners to enter these competitions at the time of the broadcasts, in the full knowledge that the audience stood no chance of either entering or winning.
"However, it was noted that these competitions were not run for profit.

"Ofcom also recognises the extensive steps the BBC has taken to ensure future compliance in this area."

The programmes breached rule 2.11 of Ofcom's broadcasting code, which relates to the fair conduct of listener phone-in competitions.

The corporation's governing body, the BBC Trust, said it regretted the loss of licence fee payers' money as a result of the breaches.

The Trust's editorial standards committee (ESC) considered the broadcasts and concluded they were serious and involved "audience deception".

In a statement, the Trust said: "In 2007 the Trust had made clear that 'the culture of the BBC must be such that any proposal to mislead audiences is instantly dismissed as wholly inappropriate'.

"These cases pre-dated that statement but should not have occurred.

"The ESC was satisfied that the cases did not raise new issues which had not been previously addressed, and was satisfied that the remedial steps taken by the BBC over 2007 and 2008 have put in place protections which should prevent cases of this nature in the future."

The on-air apologies will be broadcast at about 2pm on Saturday on both radio stations.
The findings conclude Ofcom's investigations of audience participation in BBC programmes broadcast up to and including 2007.

A little tune on the license tax seb.hunt

A parody with more than a grain of truth in it:sodall

Some bits on the report the BBC don't want us to read re the Balen report into BBC bias on Israel: honest reporting andpress gazette and wikipedia and guardian

That would be the same BBC who ban on the word faggot in the Pogues song Fairytale of New York, as detailed on their website here. Then about 24 hours later they climbed down and decided that the word faggot was okay again. A humiliating climbdown.

That would be the same BBC that after deciding to slash thousands of jobs wasted £120,000 on "free" food and drinks for 4000 BBC staff. Oh thats free food and drinks all paid for from the license tax: link

That would be the same BBC who took terrorists paintballing - From Biased BBC - BBC "took terrorist trainers paintballing"

That would be the BBC that fixes competitions, like this oh and the by now infamous Blue Peter competition fix.

That would be the same BBC that sends its staff on a mandatory new training programme to teach honesty to BBC staff: link.

That would be the same BBC that has failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff, a report commissioned by the corporation has concluded: link

That would be the same BBC that employs people from terrorist channel Al Jazeera...link

That would be the same BBC who apologized to the Taliban terriorist scumfucks: link 

That would be the same BBC that claims terrorists are an urban myth created by the jews and JW Bush...link

BBC offers aid and moral support to Taliban terrorists, claim that no army is as mobile as them: Link

That would be the same BBC that lies about casualty figures in the LebanonLink

That would be the same BBC offering support to Palestinian terrorist scum: link 

That would be the same BBC who went to court to suppress the Balen Report on BBC bias with regards their coverage of the middle east. 

Oh and the same BBC that denies a pro EU Bias and yet has accepted loans from the EU and for some unknown reason can not see this as a conflict of interest: BBC taking the 30 pieces of silver from the EU
And who tried to infer that 9/11 was America's fault.

Thats the same BBC that is funded through public money. Time to close/sell off the BBC and let them work in the private sector.

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Anonymous said...

fine the guilty individuals,not the licence payers.

Fidothedog said...

Sadly the licence poll tax payers will the ones forced to pay the bill