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UK Charity To Benefit From CBB7 Votes

We'd just like to re-iterate that a UK charity will benefit from the votes cast by fans during this final series of Celebrity Big Brother, the penultimate series based on the BB format here in the UK.

The voting procedure during the main series' has always been for profit, but from Big Brother 7 onwards, Channel 4 donated a percentage of its revenue from the weekly public vote to charitable organisations. However, that practice stopped last year.

At the time, their decision was put down to rising admin costs, but the broadcaster was effectively tightening its belt in-order to maximise company profits. The powers-that-be have had a change of heart this year though, as Comic Relief will get a share of the coffers from all the phone calls made during Celebrity Big Brother 7.

This is not only great news, it is also very fitting, because the first-ever Celebrity Big Brother – back in 2001 – was in-aid-of Comic Relief. Do you remember? Sour-faced comedian Jack Dee made-out that he was desperate to go home every day, staged a break-out for a laugh, and eventually won the series after 8 days of being locked-up.

If you didn't know, Comic Relief is a UK charity that aims to create a just world, free from poverty. Founded by comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis, it launched in 1985 and has been working hard ever since to help poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people turn their lives around.

The charity will receive 15p from each-and-every vote cast, the only negative thing being that the cost of registering a vote has been increased to 50p this year, up from 35p. Still, we're sure that Big Bro fans won't begrudge paying the difference.

FYI, here's the historic call charges for all the UK series so far:

Summer 2000: Big Brother 1 - Calls cost 10p
Summer 2001: Big Brother 2 - Calls cost 25p, with 5p going to charity
Summer 2002: Big Brother 3 - Calls cost 25p
Summer 2003: Big Brother 4 - Calls cost 25p
Summer 2004: Big Brother 5 - Calls cost 25p
Summer 2005: Big Brother 6 - Calls cost 35p
Summer 2006: Big Brother 7 - Calls cost 50p, with 10p going to charity
Summer 2007: Big Brother 8 - Calls cost 25p, with 10p going to charity
Summer 2008: Big Brother 9 - Calls cost 35p, with 10p going to charity
Summer 2009: Big Brother 10 - Calls cost 35p, but charitable donations were scrapped

March 2001: Celebrity Big Brother - Calls cost 25p, with around 15p going to charity
November 2002: Celebrity Big Brother 2 - Calls cost 25p, with 15p going to charity
January 2005: Celebrity Big Brother 3 - Calls cost 50p, with 25p going to charity
January 2006: Celebrity Big Brother 4 - Calls cost 50p, with 16p going to charity
January 2007: Celebrity Big Brother 5 - Calls cost 50p, with 10p going to charity
January 2009: Celebrity Big Brother 6 - Calls cost 35p, with 10p going to charity
January 2010: Celebrity Big Brother 7 - Calls cost 50p, with 15p going to charity

October 2003: Teen Big Brother: The Experiment - There was no public vote during this pre-recorded series, which was a part of C4's educational programming
December 2004: Big Brother Panto - There was just one public vote (which awarded the part of Cinderella to Jade Goody), but we don't recall the cost of voting
January 2008: Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack - Calls cost 25p. Charities were supported during this 'e4-only' series, but we can't remember what percentage went to them.

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