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Television: Telephone Services

April 19, 2007

Question written on 19/04/2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department plans to take to ensure transparency in the conduct of those television operators employing telephone voting in their programme; and if she will assess the merits of introducing a code of conduct for such operators.

Answered by Shaun Woodward

Responsibility for regulation rests with the independent regulators, Ofcom and ICSTIS. Following a consultation with broadcasters ICSTIS has set out a range of actions to restore public trust. This includes introducing a licensing regime for all premium rate service providers, operating participation TV services. Ofcom has also recently announced an inquiry into the compliance of broadcasters.