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GMTV TV’s Scam And Opera’s ‘Premium Rat’

by | 24th, April 2007

gary-corbett.jpg “PAYBACK,” announces the Mirror’s front page. “GMTV promise refunds to viewers ripped off in phone quiz scandal.”

But surely there is no scandal. Only yesterday Opera Interactive Technology was telling Mail readers of its own “preliminary investigation”.

The company which runs GMTV phone quizzes, and whose executive Mark Nuttall is said to have issued an email telling staff “Make sure they never find out you are picking the winners early!”, is now ready to pay viewers the £40million it “conned” out of them?

Perhaps the company’s preliminary investigation was not as thorough as it could have been, and certainly not as probing as that conducted by the BBC TV show Panorama?

GMTV viewers used to dealing in hard facts, the very people versed in answering dialing premium-rate phone lines to answer questions along the lines of “What colour is red?” and “Are you alive?” are likely to be confused.

As GMTV tells the Mirror: “We are determined to reimburse viewers who believe they have lost out.”

The qualifier “believe” seems churlish in light of this largesse. Especially since GMTV may well have to pay back the money from its own pocket. The Mail says GMTV staff fear the move will cost them their jobs.

For now, GMTV has terminated its contract with Opera and found “irregularities” in the service provider’s system. All its phone-in

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