Thursday, 25 January 2007

ITV Play what's in your handbag?

The culture, media and sport committee criticised late-night quiz shows where viewers call premium rate telephone numbers. Viewers complained about ITV Play for making its answers too obscure when two answers to the question "what items might be found in a woman's handbag" were revealed to be balaclava and Rawlplugs.
The committee said: players were generally not told that "it is a matter of luck whether a call is connected to the studio and that the chances of getting through are very slim."
The report stated: "We believe that call-TV quiz shows generally look and feel like gambling. It seems to us that call-TV quiz shows should constitute gaming under the Gambling Act 2005, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Gambling Commission should consider this as a matter of urgency."

Let's be honest you've got to be pretty desperate or stupid to ring these shows, which is why they do need greater regulation to protect those at risk.

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