Premium-rate scams prompt licensing proposal
ICSTIS moves to clean up industry
TV and radio programmes that can be editorially altered by premium-rate calls or texts will need to be licensed under proposals from UK premium-rate regulator ICSTIS.
The regulator is seeking feedback on its consultation document that comes in the wake of various scandals involving premium-rate-driven broadcasting.
ICSTIS' proposal also mandates third party oversight if a programme is offering a prize of more than £5,000.
To avoid impacting premium-rate lines which are just advertised in programmes, ICSTIS intends the new licence to only be applicable where the programme content can be changed by calls or texts - it reckons this should involve around 40 companies, at a cost of less than £2,000 each.
Questions raised in the consultation document include the breadth of companies that should be licensed, and whether radio should be included, as well as specifics such as the need to regulate jukebox music channels.
The deadline for feedback is 12 June. ®
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Heard a premuim phone competition invite yesterday "Please do not call after 8 as your vote will not count and you will still be charged." How hard is it to set the system to stop receiving calls at a set time? Is it technically possible to switch to a non-charged "Thanks for your call, but I'm afraid the lines are closed," message?
Simple solution still simple
I don't know about Oz, but in the UK a premium rate service is just that. No distinction as to what it's for, so no need for embaressment to ask for it to be unbarred.
I don't see what privacy issues are involved. It's just a service which instead of offering by default, has to be offered by explicit consent. I wasn't talking of a state-run register !
Personally I think the risks of a child curiously dialling one of the numbers found in any number of magazines or on the TV is a good enough reason.
And so what if a few companies go bust. It'd just show they were preying on people whose phones were being misused.
That said, a subsequent comment about banning all premuim rate services wouldn't bother me either.