BBC fined for Radio 2 shows

Stations pay for fake phone-in competitions

Media regulator Ofcom fined the BBC a further £95,000 ($142,500) on Thursday for running radio phone-in competitions that audiences had no chance of taking part in or winning because the shows were pre-recorded.

New move brings the pubcaster’s total fines for such offenses in the last 18 months to $750,000.

The majority of the new penalty concerned eight pre-recorded Radio 2 shows hosted by Dermot O’Leary.

The BBC was fined $75,000 in July 2007 over a faked competition in flagship children’s show “Blue Peter.” It had to pay another $600,000 for numerous phone-in scams in shows including “Comic Relief” and “Children in Need.”

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