SBS, RTL raided over phone-in quiz shows

Finance ministry investigators raided six offices belonging to tv stations RTL Nederland and SBS Broadcasting on Thursday in connection with a probe into phone-in competitions.

‘RTL and SBS are suspected of broadcasting phone-in quizzes that break gambling laws,’ the finance ministry said in a statement.
The shows, broadcast mainly on daytime tv, involve viewers using premium-rate phone lines to answer simple questions in the hope of winning cash. SBS buys its phone-in shows from 2WayTraffic, RTL from Endemol.
Under the official guidelines, telephone quizzes are only allowed if they are promoting a specific product or organisation.

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