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ITV to pay back misled fans of BGT

Published 18/08/2015

Matisse's path to victory was smoothed by a stunt double for the tightrope showstopper
Matisse's path to victory was smoothed by a stunt double for the tightrope showstopper

ITV has said it will refund viewers who used paid voting to opt for the controversial winning act in the Britain's Got Talent Final.

The channel agreed to the payout after Ofcom ruled it had misled viewers by failing to reveal that a high-wire stunt in Matisse the dog's routine was actually performed by a second dog.

Ofcom accepted ITV did not mean to deceive the audience, but it added: "The presentation did not make clear to viewers that a part was performed by a second dog. Broadcasters inviting viewers to vote using premium rate numbers have a responsibility to ensure the audience is clear."

ITV said: "The BGT production team apologised at the time. However, we accept that some viewers who voted for the winning act by a paid voting route may wish to seek a refund, or that the cost of their vote be donated in full to the Royal Variety charity."

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