Record fine for ITV

ITV has been fined £5.675 million (E7.12m) by Ofcom over the of premium-rate phone lines scandal – nearly three times the previous record sanction against a UK broadcaster. The chairman of Ofcom’s content sanctions committee, Philip Graf, said: “ITV programme makers totally disregarded their own published terms and conditions and Ofcom codes. Further, there was a completely inadequate compliance system in place. The result was that millions of paying entrants were misled into believing they could fairly interact with some of ITV’s most popular programmes.”

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