Ofcom said to be investigating Saturday Night Takeaway competition
Written by Scott McGerty on 9th May 2018
An investigation has been launched into whether Saturday Night Takeaway broke broadcast competition rules.
A viewer complained that they arrived at a “secret sofa” location for a chance to win a prize before the deadline, but the off-camera signing-in process meant they were unable to register for the competition in time.
A spokeswoman for broadcasting watchdog Ofcom confirmed they were looking into an episode of the show broadcast on the 10th March 2018.
“We are investigating whether this programme broke our broadcast competition rules.” – Ofcom
The Sofawatch segment from the series saw viewers across the nation battle it out in a giant game of rock, paper, scissors.
Ant and Dec give viewers a cut off time to arrive at the pre-determined location but one viewer claims they weren’t able to get involved despite being before the cut off time.
Anthony McPartlin’s co-host, Declan Donnelly, presented the final two episodes of the hit ITV show on his own after McPartlin stepped back from his TV commitments.
McPartlin was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving while more than twice the legal limit.
The TV presenter said he was “truly sorry” after his drink-driving crash let down his family, friends and fans.