Another Day, Another TV Phone-in Scandal

A number of channels have faced claims over alleged premium rate phone line irregularities in shows in recent weeks, including Richard & Judy, X Factor and even Blue Peter.

The interactive element of programmes has become extremely popular with the viewing public, not to mention lucrative for broadcasters. However, channels are now reviewing their use in light of these scandals and a crisis of public confidence.

Premium rate phone watchdog, ICSTIS, met with broadcasters and premium rate service providers and has announced, among other things, more rigorous monitoring and a new licensing regime for all premium rate service providers operating this type of TV service.