RTL Netherlands hangs up on call-TV format


AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands -- RTL Netherlands has pulled the plug on its call-TV programs, the commercial broadcaster announced Tuesday .

The measure becomes effective Nov. 1 and applies to all four TV channels that RTL operates in the Netherlands.

Dutch call-TV programs have been under investigation for some months by the government here. Last month, the Ministry of Justice raided the offices of broadcasters RTL and SBS as well as TV producers Endemol and 2waytraffic looking for evidence of promoting illegal gambling.

A spokeswoman said Monday that RTL Netherlands wants to avoid any suspicion of illegal activities and awaits new governmental guidelines for call-TV in the Netherlands.