KTV rapped by Ofcom for first time over ad references


Sikh religious channel, KTV has been rapped by Ofcom for the first time since its launch.

The show ‘Indian Law’, which aired in January 2018 on the channel, featured promotional references to the guest’s business.

When the Licensee responded to Ofcom’s request for information about commercial arrangements associated with the appearance of the guest and references to his business, it said he “had no intentions to profit or promote himself by giving his telephone number in the show, but instead to help people in the community with free advice for their issues regarding Immigration and Indian Law”.

Ofcom considered that the invitation for viewers to call the guest after the programme had finished, on his personal contact numbers, and the references to the range and quality of service provided by the guest’s business, were promotional. In Ofcom’s view, there was no editorial justification for these references.

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