German quiz channel 9Live fined $142,000

Program found guilty of multiple violations under new laws

BERLIN -- German call-in channel 9Live has been fined $142,000 (€95,000) for violating of consumer protection laws intended to shield viewers from call-in cons.

The new laws were introduced earlier this year and 9Live, a subsidiary of the ProSiebenSat.1 group, was the main target. The channel's program was found guilty of multiple violations, including giving misleading information and putting callers under time pressure. 9Live was also warned to clean up its act or face further sanction. The new laws authorize fine of up to $750,000 (€500,000) for violations.