Voting Costs Halved For Big Brother 8
As the Launch night for Big Brother 8 looms, Channel 4 has
announced that it is cutting the cost of voting in the weekly
evictions for the forthcoming series.
The new charge, down from 50p last year to just 25p per
vote, applies to calls from BT lines; calls from other networks
may vary. Fans will no longer be able to text-in their vote
though, as that option has been scrapped due to logistics.
But news of this drastic reduction will doubtless have some
fans cautiously wondering, 'Why the sudden generosity?'
About this seemingly last-minute decision, a C4 spokesperson
told us, "The voting has been fair and transparent throughout
the eight years that Big Brother has been on air, but given
the recent focus on the use of premium rate phone lines on
TV, we want to ensure that the audience has absolute confidence
in the evictions".
"These are absolutely integral to the show’s success
and cutting the cost of the phone votes will hopefully encourage
the highest possible number of viewers to interact with the
Aha, so because of the recent debacle about rip-off phone
lines on TV shows – including their own Richard &
Judy – it looks like C4 don't want to rock the boat
and court yet more controversy.
Also, it has to be said that less-and-less people are voting
these days compared to the earlier series of Big Brother,
so perhaps they had to do something to boost interest, if
On that note, the broadcaster says that it will make no money
from all the phone calls once its admin costs have been taken
into account, and re-iterates that 10p from each call will
go to charity.
The more cynical viewer might see this as a smoke-and-mirrors
attempt to distract their attention away from the recent Ofcom
ruling, but overall it has to be good news for BB fans.
For not only will the charities benefit (something that gets
forgotten about when people talk about CBB5), but it may encourage
a lot more people to actually vote and influence the outcome
of each eviction.
Oh, and it'll also allow fans to vote a few more times if
there's a character on the show that they reeeeally
wanna' get rid of!
Roll on BB8!
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