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BBC pays £106,000 withheld from charities

The BBC has paid charities £106,000 wrongly withheld from phone features in its shows

A PricewaterhouseCoopers
(PwC) report, commissioned in one of several attempts to resolve PRS problems at
the BBC, has revealed the national broadcaster withheld £106,000 in proceeds
from premium rate phone features in its shows which should have gone to charity.

Audiocall, the division of
BBC
Worldwide
responsible for PRS, operated a policy of keeping money from calls
made after phone lines had officially closed, even when the proceeds from the
phone-in were meant to go to charity, digital spy reports.

The PwC report found the practice went on between October 2005 and September
2007, affecting services linked to several programmes, including the phone vote
for Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up 2007.

The BBC has paid the money, with interest, to the charities involved and the
BBC Trust has also decided to make an on-air apology to viewers and the
charities.

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