Watchdog bites Nokia over Lumia 800 TV 'flash ads'
Channel 5 sponsorship crossed the line
UK communications regulator Ofcom has slapped the wrists of Nokia and Channel 5 for failing to make it sufficiently clear to viewers that the TV company had taken the Finnish phone giant's sponsorship Euro, part of Nokia's Lumia 800 Windows Phone handset promo programme.
Nokia paid Channel 5 an undisclosed sum to sponsor the three channels that the telly firm transmits under the Five brand: 5, 5* and 5 USA. The text "Channel Sponsor Nokia Lumia" was used between 26 October 2011 and 2 November 2011.
All three stations beamed 20-second sponsorship "idents" and half-second "flash" shots between other ads to show the Lumia tie-in which, together, Channel 5 said would establish "the association between Nokia Lumia and Channel 5… obvious to viewers".
Here's what it looked like, courtesy of YouTube:
Ofcom disagreed. It said the two had breached its rules on the clear identification of a programme or channel sponsor, specifically Rule 9.19 of the 2003 Communications Act. ®
That seemed pretty obvious to me. What is the problem exactly?
I have noticed that.
Definately very biased
If anyone doesn't get it...
they are too stupid to be protected by government agencies.
honestly, if you didn't realise that this was sponsorship then you're going to have trouble crossing the road.
Making heads explode since 1984
Clearly no Max Headroom fans here today.
I got it