A Wessex FM listener recently informed the station news team about a mistake broadcast by Challenge TV, which ultimately led to the television company paying out £31,000 to charity. Dorset listener Adrian Strong tipped off the TLRC station, who contacted the show.
The mix up happened on Take It Or Leave It, aired on Challenge TV. Stars from Coronation Street were taking on a team from the cast of Emmerdale in a charity edition of the show. The final question which would allow one team to play for the £31,000 cash pot was, “Where is the Cerne Abbas Giant?”.
Coronation Street said Wiltshire and it was accepted as the right answer, when in fact the correct answer is Dorset.
The TV company who issued this statement: "[i]Challenge apologises profusely for this mistake and can assure you that questions and answers are checked thoroughly before being broadcast. On this occasion, this mistake occurred due to human error. We have made sure that this episode does not transmit again. As a result, Challenge, together with the production company, feels that it is only fair and right to give away the same amount of money which was won – £31,000 – to the charities chosen by the runners-up[/i]".
The Coronation Street team consisted of Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw), who played for When You Wish Upon a Star, a Manchester based children’s charity, and Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Brown), who was playing for Mood Swings Network.
Now thanks to Wessex FM the Alzheimer’s Society supported by Adele Silva (Kelly Windsor) from Emmerdale and the Encephalitis Society who Mathew Bose (Paul Lambert) was playing for, are both set to take a share of £31,000.
Wessex FM’s Programme Controller Steve Bulley said: "This demonstrates the power of local radio. I’m delighted all the charities will be getting the money they are due. We’ll be sending the Coronation Street team a copy of “Dorset, the complete Guide” so they can brush up on their landmarks!"
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