Feeds

Regulators probe Richard and Judy quiz line furore

ICSTIS investigates

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The company behind Channel 4's daytime telly show Richard and Judy is being quizzed by regulators over the way competitors for the show's "You Say, We Pay" quiz are selected from a premium-rate phone line.

According to emails seen by The Mail on Sunday, Richard and Judy's afternoon show has called for people to enter its quiz even after it had chosen who had been selected.

Punters who ring within the first five to seven minutes of the show going on air have a chance of being chosen to take part in the competition. Twenty-four people are selected from those for vetting, with one finally chosen to take part in the phone-in competition.

But at 5.19pm there is another appeal, calling for people to ring the £1-a-time line for a chance of entering. However, the winner has already been chosen from the first group of calls.

A spokesman for Icstis, which regulates premium phonelines, told us: "We are gathering evidence from Eckoh (which provides the phone service), Cactus TV (the production company), and Channel 4. We've dealt with Eckoh in the past but this is the first broadcast complaint."

The spokesman said Icstis would consider whether any company was in breach of its code of conduct.

Icstis has received complaints from the public in the wake of the Mail on Sunday story.

Cactus TV, Channel4 and Eckoh said they would co-operate with any investigation to make sure they were following relevant regulations.®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin
Report 'fails reality test' , is 'simply wrong' and offers ''convenient' justification for FTTN says Rod Tucker
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts
After Applelocalypse, other wristputers will get stuck in
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.