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Regulator lays down the law for TV quizzes

Attempts to regain trust

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The ICSTIS has published new regulations (pdf) for TV quizzes which rely on premium-rate phone lines.

The regulations, which mandate the provision of more information to callers, are an attempt to restore viewer confidence after a raft of dodgy phone-in scams.

The primary change is the addition of an on-screen, near-real-time, display showing how many people have entered in the preceeding 15 minutes, enabling callers to see if they have a chance of getting onto the show or entering the competition.

The presenter will be required to state the cost of calling every 10 minutes - in addition to the already mandatory on-screen display.

Callers will also be informed when they've rung up more than £10 of charges in a single day.

ICSTIS only regulates premium-rate numbers, so its rules only apply where such numbers are being used (generally those starting "09").

The new rules will need to be implemented within four weeks. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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