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Channel 5 competition clause a cause for concern

BSA | 01.06.2013

One of our Twitter followers, Stephen Fox, tweeted us something he felt might be discriminatory against people who stammer. Before entering a competition on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, Stephen read its terms and conditions online and was surprised to read that one term stated: ‘Item 18: Where the winner is required to speak live on-air during any programme, there must be a clear and transmittable line between them and the programme, and they must appear to be able to communicate clearly and appropriately for the programme in question. Channel 5 reserves the right to select an alternative winner in the event that these requirements are not met.’

We wrote to Channel 5 asking them to clarify their position and received this response: “Having investigated, it would appear that the term you refer to in your letter is one that was inserted a number of years ago and has never been used. We are grateful to you for bringing the concerns of your members to our attention. We would never wish to act in a discriminatory manner and as our competition terms and conditions are under constant review, we will ensure that this particular term is removed in due course.”

Thanks to Stephen for bringing this to our attention. At the time of writing the term was still on Channel 5’s website, but we will keep an eye on it.