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Should GMTV executives be tried for fraud?

Following on from today’s earlier post about the £2m GMTV fine, ‘critics’ (not entirely sure who they are as yet) are apparently asking why, if the fine was so huge, that the Police were not involved. So reports Channel4’s Snowmail newsletter this evening:

The TV station GMTV has been fined £2m for running a phone in quiz that thousands of viewers could never actually win and which netted the company some £30m. It seems that Ofcom could have levied £4m out of the company, but because efforts had been made to offer refunds to the victims, they reduced the fine.

But critics are asking, given that this happened on a grand scale, why the police have not been involved. Could it be termed a fraud? The same critics are suggesting that there are people in this saga who, in any other context, would have gone to jail.

The police are reported to believe that to pursue the case might cost a considerable sum and might not serve the public interest.

The Crown Prosecution Service tell us that they have not been asked to act by Ofcom. We are still trying to get an explanation from Ofcom as to why they have not passed the entire file to the CPS and demanded action.

I think it’s a fair point. Is ‘systematic deception’ fraudulent behaviour?

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4 replies on “Should GMTV executives be tried for fraud?”

surely the named parties in Opera, rather than GMTV? I don’t understand why those people subject to special mention in the ICSTIS adjudication haven’t been put on the list of people not allowed to run services at all.

And so what does constitute “the public interest” if ripping them off to the tune of £30million doesn’t!? What is it one has to do these days to wake the CPS out of their slumber!? A cool few million just doesn’t impress anyone these days, I think the next ripoff service has to try and hit at least the billion mark to make anyone really care… 😉

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