Did Phone Company Workers Jump Call Queue In C100/Halifax Contest?
September 23, 2013 at 4:11 AM (PT)
A contest held by BELL MEDIA AC COO (C100)/HALIFAX became news last week as three phone company workers were suspected of using the technology at their disposal to jump the call queue and win, reports CTV affiliate CJCH-TV (CTV ATLANTIC)/HALIFAX.
The report alleges that the BELL ALIANT employees may have used undisclosed technology to win in the "Beat the Bank" contest on C100. BELL ALIANT issued a release THURSDAY saying, "It was brought to our attention by concerned employees that three employees were jumping ahead in the call queue for the Beat the Bank Contest on C100. We moved very quickly to alert C100 and to put a fix in place to avoid this happening for their contests in the future. We take a lot of pride in the integrity of our people and our network and we are thankful that our employees were concerned enough to bring this to our attention.” The company said that the employees were suspended with pay WEDNESDAY.
“Once brought to our attention, our contest call-in system was reviewed immediately. We remain confident in the security of the system and can ensure our listeners 'Beat the Bank' and similar contests are completely fair for all,” said a statement from C100. “We hold the integrity of our contests to the highest degree. As a result, we are withholding the final winnings of these individuals pending the outcome of the investigation by BELL ALIANT.”