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InventThamesValley371 posts since 19 Mar 2007
Hmmm I would have thought that due to the recent scandals they would have covered this up (as he said, they would have done that 10 years ago). The article doesn't make it clear when it is going to air, Tuesday the 18th or Wednesday the 26th?
rts2,747 posts since 14 Oct 2001
InventThamesValley posted:
Hmmm I would have thought that due to the recent scandals they would have covered this up (as he said, they would have done that 10 years ago).

That is exactly why they are not covering it.

If they did, all they would need is one contestant/audience member to tell the press, Ofcom, both, and thus things would become seriously wobbly.
JCB2,020 posts since 21 Sep 2004
rts posted:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/mar/12/channel4.television

After the recent phone in scandals, and viewer's fears of deception, this looks like a good transparent move by Channel 4 to regain the audiences' trust.


...And more importantly a bit of publicity.
Gavin Scott8,286 posts since 23 Mar 2001
rts posted:
InventThamesValley posted:
Hmmm I would have thought that due to the recent scandals they would have covered this up (as he said, they would have done that 10 years ago).

That is exactly why they are not covering it.

If they did, all they would need is one contestant/audience member to tell the press, Ofcom, both, and thus things would become seriously wobbly.


I think it will be interesting to see, but I really think we shouldn't start pandering to the pin-heads who scream "deception!" all the time.

In Golden Balls the plastic balls themselves have a magnetic closure, however when they churn around the machine they tend to fall open - so each one is stuck shut with some sticky tape. The show is stopped and started while crew come in to "unseal" the balls. They did (if memory serves) fall open in the machine during the show I did, meaning we had to stop and restart that sequence. I might be mis-remembering but we were certainly told what would happen if there was a "ball malfunction".

It would be nonsense to suggest there was anything underhand going on, and it would get pretty dull if ITV felt the need to show the process.

People need to grow up. And they think they're being ripped off they should stop dialing premium rate numbers.
rts2,747 posts since 14 Oct 2001
JCB posted:
rts posted:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/mar/12/channel4.television

After the recent phone in scandals, and viewer's fears of deception, this looks like a good transparent move by Channel 4 to regain the audiences' trust.


...And more importantly a bit of publicity.

They would get publicity either way.
Pete9,040 posts since 18 Jun 2001
rts posted:
If they did, all they would need is one contestant/audience member to tell the press, Ofcom, both, and thus things would become seriously wobbly.


Did they broadcast the episode where someone knocked the 125,000 box onto the floor and it broke open?

And why would they get wobbly exactly, there's a hell of a difference between the phone in scams which were out and out deception and fraud and something like this where a competition has an error and they work out a fair way to fix it.
A former member
JCB posted:
rts posted:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/mar/12/channel4.television

After the recent phone in scandals, and viewer's fears of deception, this looks like a good transparent move by Channel 4 to regain the audiences' trust.


...And more importantly a bit of publicity.


Indeed.

I stopped watching DOND over a year ago, despite being an ardent gameshow nut, but something like this will make me TiVo the show to see this happening. Who knows, I might even get into it again.

I can't be alone -- times me by several hundred thousand....
Gavin Scott8,286 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Hymagumba posted:
rts posted:
If they did, all they would need is one contestant/audience member to tell the press, Ofcom, both, and thus things would become seriously wobbly.


Did they broadcast the episode where someone knocked the 125,000 box onto the floor and it broke open?


They did.

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And why would they get wobbly exactly, there's a hell of a difference between the phone in scams which were out and out deception and fraud and something like this where a competition has an error and they work out a fair way to fix it.


That's the bit that puzzles me. Its one thing for the public to feel they need protection from being scammed or cheated, but in this case at worst its only the contestants who may *possibly* lose out - and you can be fairly sure they would speak up for themselves if they did.

Its nonsense.
A former member
This is taking the US approach to the next level.

If anyone has seen US gameshows (especially older ones that were thrown together "as-live" then crudely edited afterwards), a fair few of them have a message at the end saying something to the effect of "certain portions of this program that did not affect the outcome were edited for technical reasons".

This was in response to the 1950s gameshow-fixing scandals, and has never really gone away.

This one of course *did* affect the outcome.
David
Why are poeple complaining about Channel 4 showing this? Why would they not show it?

DOND is made by moments like this. At its very basic level its just someone opening 22 boxes. Its the power cuts, the dropped boxes and, and in this case, the missing sticker that make the show interesting.

They would be mad not to show something like this and its nothing to do with 'phone-in scams' as some people seem to be saying. Its to do with not removing the most interesting thing that has happened on the show in months.