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TV's unfair premium rate quizzes attacked.

CHANNEL Five has been criticised by media watchdog Ofcom Ofcom

(in Britain) Office of Communications: a government body regulating the telecommunications industries

Ofcom n abbr (Brit) (= Office of Communications Regulation) →
 for a series of unfair quizzes.

Six separate incidents were adjudicated on by Ofcom on Five's The Great Big British Quiz A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which the players (as individuals or in teams) attempt to answer questions correctly. Quizzes are also brief assessments used in education and similar fields to measure growth in knowledge, abilities, and/or skills.  and Quiz Call Quiz Call is a phone-in quiz show, produced by Ostrich Media (owned by iTouch) for Five, Five US and Five Life. History
Quiz Call
 on Five's digital channel, Five US.

Five gave the wrong answer to contests, in which viewers took part through premium rate phone lines - or the solution was too obscure.

In Quiz Call, in May, 2007, viewers were asked to identify a series of "words starting with S and ending with T".

The presenter said one of the answers was "sailcloth sail¬∑cloth ¬†
1. A heavy cotton canvas or strong synthetic fabric used for making sails or tents.

2. A lightweight cotton canvas used especially for clothing and upholstery.
", before apologising on air that this was incorrect.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 12, 2008
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