ITV escapes phone show fine


LONDON -- ITV has been formally reprimanded for phone-voting errors relating to the quiz show "The X Factor" this year but has escaped a fine from phone-line regulator Icstis after being judged to have taken swift action to correct the mistake.

Viewers who voted on the primetime entertainment show were found to have been overcharged by about £200,000 ($400,790) after ITV internal audit uncovered the error. The broadcaster went public with the findings and apologized to viewers. It also donated the cash to charities and began an internal review of its procedures.

The premium phone-line regulator is expected to deliver a broader review into participation TV phone charging next month. The scandal has embroiled broadcasters including Channel 4, Five and the BBC.