X Factor voting scandal could open can of worms

Following the mass of complaints over voting on the X Factor final, Ofcom has got out its regulatory big stick and is asking ITV to provide it with information on this latest series and has also asked to see the full findings of the report carried out by auditors Deloitte into the problems with viewer-participation programmes. ITV attracted criticism and suspicion for only releasing extracts from the Deloitte report but Ofcom has now demanded “explicit assurance” from ITV that they allowed Deloitte to undertake an “exhaustive review” of programmes. In a week that has seen record fines handed out over vote rigging, Ofcom’s showing its in no mood to be messed with and a desire to force broadcasters and production companies to sort out the recurrent compliance problems with such programmes.

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