Telephone Quiz Shows

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

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on telephone quiz shows on television.

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

We have received a number of representations from the public and industry regarding telephone quiz shows on television. However, responsibility for the regulation of these services rests with the independent regulators, Ofcom and ICSTIS. ICSTIS is currently consulting on new regulations for Call TV quiz shows which aim to secure greater transparency for consumers and further encourage best practice in the industry.

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Mike Ward
Posted on 12 Mar 2007 1:48 pm (Report this annotation)

Yes, and here's what the boss of the organization with responsibility for regulation, Sir Alistair Graham, had to say on the subject: "We are not some soft touch regulator [...]. If we find any evidence of suspected criminal activity we have close links with the City of London police."

So presumably, if ICSTIS do not find such evidence, then ICSTIS does not have links with the City of London police.

Of course, Sir Alistair Graham is really trying to give that impression that he is saying something like: "If we find any evidence of criminal activity we shall refer that evidence to the City of London police", but he could not possibly come out and say that because, as we know and he knows, ICSTIS will do no such thing.

Perhaps Sir Alistair Graham would like to provide a list of premium rate fraudsters who have actually been prosecuted for their crimes here in the UK as a result of ICSTIS’s "links with the City of London police."

Eckoh, the firm behind most of the recent TV PRS scandals, has been adjudicated against over and over again by ICSTIS. The recent scandals came as no surprise at all to anyone who knows anything about this "industry". When are the government going to wake up and do something about PRS fraud?