Telephone Quiz Shows

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Services with regard to (a) the legality of and (b) the regulation of Call TV quiz shows; when these discussions took place; what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the current regulation; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Creative Industries & Tourism)

None. Officials have discussed the operation of Call TV quiz shows with the independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS) and the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the bodies responsible for the regulation of these services.

Following an extensive review of the sector, ICSTIS is currently consulting on new regulations for Call TV quiz shows, aimed at ensuring greater transparency for consumers and to further encourage best practice in the industry.

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