Ofcom fine GCap over £1million
Posted by
Ofcom fine GCap over £1million

Ofcom has fined 30 local radio stations within GCap Media's One Network, a total of £1,110,000 for unfair conduct in their Secret Sound competition.

Ofcom's investigation found that on a number of occasions programme makers deliberately put to air text entrants with incorrect answers in order to prevent the prize from being won too soon.

As a result, those listeners who had paid to enter the competition on these occasions had no chance of winning. The seriousness of the compliance failures was compounded by some of the actions taken by GCap after the incidents had come to light.

Taken together, the fines amount to the highest total financial penalty to be imposed for the broadcast of radio content which has been found in breach of the Broadcasting Code.

GCap Media were previously fined £17,500 by ICSTIS in [link=http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.2299.2]August 2007[/link] for the same competition.

The investigation started after a complaint was made about the Secret Sound competition which ran across 31 One Network stations from 15 January 2007. Sounds were played on the radio and listeners had to guess what they were. Entry into the contest was via calling a premium rate number costing 35p per call or sending a SMS at a cost of 25p per text. Listeners entered for the chance to be selected to guess the sound on air. The selected listeners were called back by the radio presenters.

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 0 454 26 June, 2008 Industry News 10:10 am 20086 Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?


Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

No related posts were found
WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Student Radio Awards - November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm (The O₂ 10 Entertainment Avenue, London, SE10 0DY, England)
BBC Gillard Awards - November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Newcastle)
Audio Production Awards - November 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
Radio TechCon 2016 - November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am (The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB)
Salon de la Radio - January 29, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 30, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 31, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
More events