TV quiz shows questioned again

According to a Parliamentary report, TV quiz shows are misleading viewers about their chances of winning prizes. Programmes like ITV’s The Mint have come under scrutiny of the government who claim such shows should be seen as a form of gambling.

As a result, the Commons culture, media and sport select committee will request all TV quiz shows to display the number of calls they are receiving as well as displaying the chances of getting through. ITV’s The Mint now gets approximately 400,000 viewers a night, despite the fact that it often airs after midnight.

"We are firmly of the view that there should be more transparency about the factual information on which a calculation of the odds would be based," MPs said in the report,” MP’s said in a report.

The report also stated that there was a serious danger that TV quiz shows would fall outside the remit of the upcoming Gambling Act 2005, part of which will intend to protect problem gamblers.

"We believe that call TV quiz shows generally look and feel like gambling, whether or not they will fall within the definition gambling under the act," the report added.

"It seems to us that they should constitute gaming under the act, and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Gambling Commission should consider this as a matter of urgency."

The report also claimed that the shows should also display the number of gambling counselling groups, such as GamCare.

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