It seems that the BBC loss at the hands of ITV’s vote rigging at the 2005 Comedy Awards has caused a bit of a backlash from the press
Friday’s papers saw ITV receive universal condemnation in after it’s fine of a record £5.68m for improperly awarding the People’s Choice comedy award to stars Ant and Dec, when in fact the winner was Catherine Tate.
The Independent describes it as “a grotesque betrayal of viewers’ trust”, adding that there has been “something rotten in the ethics” of broadcasting.
The Daily Mail calls the channel “the cheats’ choice” and asks, “Can you believe a thing you see on ITV?”
While the Sun’s editorial simply says: “ITV should hang their heads in shame.”
It’s a horrible business, but lessons need to be learned rather than fingers being pointed.