Fiji’s Dancing Superstar Texting Promo under spotlight

12/01/2015 11:58

The Consumer Council of Fiji is concerned that Fiji's Dancing Superstar texting promotion has not been drawn despite the SMS promotion ending in March 2014.

This is a matter of public interest as many consumers had paid money (99 cents per text) to participate in this texting promotion, therefore, they deserve an explanation from the organizers.

This texting promotion was organized by one Ganesha Productions alongside the Fiji’s Dancing Super Star’s competition that aired on Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s TV network from January to March 2014.

Fiji's Dancing Superstar texting promotion encouraged members of the public to text in their favourite dancer’s initials to Vodafone’s platform short code 787 to be in the draw to “win 10,000.00 Cash, 100 tickets to I.am.Me live Concert and many more…” (SMS cost 99c).

What is even more worrying for the Council is that that the competition organizers used the premise of the competition as a “platform to encourage young individuals and groups to perform the best of their talent with confidence and compete to become the superstars of Fiji” along with the prizes of the SMS promotion to lure in peoples support for the promotion but despite this, the organizers failed to draw the prizes of this SMS promotion accordingly.

Ganesha productions are in breach of Fiji Commerce Commissions Texting Promotion Guidelines by not informing the public of relevant terms and conditions including its closing date and failing to award the prizes that were advertised.

Some consumers who took part in the promotion expressed grave concern to the Council, upon which the Council launched an investigation into it. Written questions put forward by the Council to Ganesha Productions Director, Mr. Sandeep Narayan remained unanswered despite several follow ups made by the Council.

Without concluding Season 1, Mr.Sandeep Narayan had ventured into Season 2 of the competition with auditions being organized in Ba, Nadi and Suva.

Prizes for Season 2 SMS promotion included a chance to meet your favourite Bollywood superstar & Tour Mumbai Film City for one week including an airline ticket and $1000 spending money.

The Council also sought clarification from Vodafone on the issue, and they have confirmed that the prizes weren’t drawn and have taken drastic action against the producers of the show by cancelling the use of their platform for the SMS promotion for Season 2 of the show.

While, the Council applauds efforts by organizations and business houses to promote local talent and help take it to the international front, it is issuing a stern warning to such organizers to play it by the rules and not mislead consumers and business houses in any way.

Ganesha Productions Director, Mr.Sandeep Narayan must inform the general public why the prizes were not drawn after all he collected several thousand dollars in this texting promotion.

The Council will also involve Fiji Commerce Commissions to take this company to task for deceiving the public.

This is a matter of public interest as many consumers had paid money (99 cents per text) to participate in this texting promotion, therefore, they deserve an explanation from the organizers. This texting promotion was organized by one Ganesha Productions alongside the Fiji’s Dancing Super Star’s competition that aired on Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s TV network from January to March 2014. Fiji's Dancing Superstar texting promotion encouraged members of the public to text in their favourite dancer’s initials to Vodafone’s platform short code 787 to be in the draw to “win 10,000.00 Cash, 100 tickets to I.am.Me live Concert and many more…” (SMS cost 99c). What is even more worrying for the Council is that that the competition organizers used the premise of the competition as a “platform to encourage young individuals and groups to perform the best of their talent with confidence and compete to become the superstars of Fiji” along with the prizes of the SMS promotion to lure in peoples support for the promotion but despite this, the organizers failed to draw the prizes of this SMS promotion accordingly. Ganesha productions are in breach of Fiji Commerce Commissions Texting Promotion Guidelines by not informing the public of relevant terms and conditions including its closing date and failing to award the prizes that were advertised. Some consumers who took part in the promotion expressed grave concern to the Council, upon which the Council launched an investigation into it. Written questions put forward by the Council to Ganesha Productions Director, Mr. Sandeep Narayan remained unanswered despite several follow ups made by the Council. Without concluding Season 1, Mr.Sandeep Narayan had ventured into Season 2 of the competition with auditions being organized in Ba, Nadi and Suva. Prizes for Season 2 SMS promotion included a chance to meet your favourite Bollywood superstar & Tour Mumbai Film City for one week including an airline ticket and $1000 spending money.