Contest Gag Draws Ofcom Fire
October 9, 2007 at 5:23 AM (PT)
GCAP MEDIA Top 40 BRMB/BIRMINGHAM, U.K. gets a slap on the wrist from OFCOM, as the regulatory agency criticizes the station for misleading listeners with a contest for "a trip to ATHENS" that turned out to be a trip to a local restaurant by that name. The contest's timing and clues made listeners assume that the station was giving away a trip to ATHENS, GREECE for the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE soccer final.
OFCOM ruled that the station had "seriously breached" guidelines, but that no action would be taken against the station because it was a first offense.
Ofcom: Too Many Hits On Original 106
OFCOM also issued a warning to CANWEST AAA/Adult Rock ORIGINAL 106/SOUTHAMPTON for playing too many Top 20 hits. The deviation from format exceeded the station's 35% cap on hit music.