BBC hangs up on phone-in quizzes

Governing body admits making 'grave mistakes'

LONDON — BBC director general Mark Thompson has put premium-rate phone quizzes, which have been at the center of a string of embarrassing revelations over possible fraud, on hold.

Phone-in competitions on programs like “Blue Peter,” in which the winner is revealed during the live show, have been shelved, said the BBC boss. They are unlikely to return.

Governing body the BBC Trust said Tuesday that “grave mistakes” had been made.

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