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2008-07-30 15:00:50

The British media regulator Ofcom says it has fined the BBC $800,000 for unfair practices used in call-in contests on several of its TV and radio shows. The BBC deceived its audience by faking winners of competitions and deliberately conducting competitions unfairly, Ofcom said. In some cases, the production team had taken premeditated decisions to broadcast competitions and encourage listeners to enter in the full knowledge that the audience stood no chance of winning. In other cases,...

2008-07-30 12:00:48

By SERNA NOAH The BBC has been fined Pounds 400,000 by media regulator Ofcom for faking winners and misleading audiences in viewer and listener competitions. The penalty, for flagship shows such as Comic Relief, Sport Relief and Children in Need as well as the Jo Whiley and Russell Brand radio shows, is a record for the corporation. The regulator said: "Ofcom considered that these breaches of the (broadcasting) code were very serious. In each of these cases the BBC deceived its audience...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'