Freedom of Information Request to the BBC - 6 January 2007
Question : "Please can you inform me how much revenus the BBC makes from programs where viewers vote for example:- strictly come dancing, dragons den, x factor, programs in which viewers sms text in."
Answer: "Please note that the 'X-Factor" is not a BBC programme so we are unable to comment on it. The BBC Two programme 'Dragon's Den' does not make use of viewer's votes. The BBC One programme 'Strictly Come Dancing' raises money for Children In Need from its use of premium rate numbers. In the most recent series £1,571,879 was raised for the charity.
Couldn't this person have spent five minutes on Google rather than forcing some poor sod at the BBC to waste an hour of their time responding to this stupid question.