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C5 amends mistake in Big Brother Helen statement

18 comments - Posted on August 24 2014 at 03:17pm

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Channel 5 has amended the statement it made in response to Helen Wood’s Big Brother 2014 win after show fans spotted inaccuracies.

On Friday the broadcaster denied several accusations surrounding the series’ controversial final result, insisting that the public vote hadn’t been fixed.

It also rubbished claims that Helen was on the books of an agency run by current C5 owner Richard Desmond, and addressed reports that she’d received 14 warnings.

However, observers pointed out that the statement falsely claimed ‘Power Housemate’ Pauline Bennett wasn’t aware she’d given Helen a pass to the final. It also said Helen’s only televised warnings concerned comments she’d made about Danielle and Matthew – but viewers also saw her get told off for remarks about Ashleigh and Jale.

Since then, C5 has issued a correction, saying: “A small factual error in one paragraph in the statement has been amended. This amendment in no way affects the point that Big Brother had no involvement in Helen being chosen as the housemate with a “pass to the final.”

The section regarding the pass now reads as follows: “When she was selected as Power Housemate, Pauline knew nothing about what reward would be given to Helen. Big Brother did not know who Pauline would choose until she nominated Helen.

“The first Helen and the other housemates knew about there being a “pass to the final” was when Big Brother announced to the House exactly what the reward was.”

Bosses also disclosed extra voting statistics, revealing that 47,344 votes were cast for Helen to win after the third place voting freeze in the final – while her nearest rival Ashleigh Coyle received 43,907 votes in the same period.

The amendment did not address the slip-up over the warnings.

The new version of Channel 5’s statement is included in full below – click here to read the original version:

Channel 5 has received inquiries from viewers about the most recent series of Big Brother. In order to assist viewers, the following information is provided:

1. All voting during Big Brother is independently verified as the voting occurs and when it ends. Only those results which are independently verified are used in determining results which are broadcast as part of Big Brother.

2. Votes cast are regularly monitored to detect any unusual voting patterns or to determine whether, for instance, computer programmes have been used to implement automatic voting for particular housemates. Where there are discrepancies in voting patterns, in consultation with the independent verifier, consideration is given as to whether the votes should be included.

3. No votes were discarded because of voting irregularities in the period after lines were open for voting in the final week of the last series up until the lines were finally closed, when Helen and Ashleigh were the two remaining finalists. No voting irregularities were detected during that period.

4. When voting lines are open, they are regularly monitored, including by independent verifiers, to ensure that votes can be cast on behalf of any housemate up for voting. At all times during the period after lines were open for voting in the final week of the last series up until the lines were finally closed when Helen and Ashleigh were the two remaining finalists, all relevant lines were open and callers were able to cast votes for whichever housemate they chose. All voting lines for housemates were open for exactly the same period; the voting line for each individual housemate opened and closed at exactly the same time as the line for any other housemate facing a public vote at the same time.

5. At 9.20am on August 15, the morning of the Final of Big Brother 2014, the voting stood as follows:

Ashleigh was 8,018 votes ahead of Helen.
Helen was 9,789 votes ahead of Christopher.
Christopher was 4,945 votes ahead of Ash
Ash was 8,730 votes ahead of Chris
Chris was 11,237 votes ahead of Pav

6. At 8.55pm on August 15, immediately prior to the live broadcast of the Final of Big Brother 2014, the voting stood as follows:

Ashleigh was 7,887 votes ahead of Helen.
Helen was 12,628 votes ahead of Christopher.
Christopher was 6,319 votes ahead of Ash
Ash was 10,296 votes ahead of Chris
Chris was 13,365 votes ahead of Pav

7. At 10.03pm on August 15, when voting lines closed for the final time during the live broadcast of the Final of Big Brother 2014, the voting stood as follows:

Helen was 4,631 votes ahead of Ashleigh.
Ashleigh was 75,818 votes ahead of Christopher.
Christopher was 13,303 votes ahead of Ash
Ash was 23,108 votes ahead of Chris
Chris was 14,594 votes ahead of Pav

8. The voting lines for Pav, Chris, Ash and Christopher finally closed at different times, as each lost their place in the House. The voting lines for Helen and Ashleigh finally closed at the same time.

9. After the voting lines re-opened for the final time, following Christopher’s eviction from the House, in the space of eight minutes and forty seconds, 47,344 votes were cast for Helen to win and 43,907 votes were cast for Ashleigh to win.

10. All of the votes and results mentioned in paragraphs 5, 6, 7 and 9 were independently verified.

11. During the launch of Big Brother 2014, the viewers voted for Pauline to be given “the power” in the House. When she was selected as Power Housemate, Pauline knew nothing about what reward would be given to Helen. Big Brother did not know who Pauline would choose until she nominated Helen. The first Helen and the other housemates knew about there being a “pass to the final” was when Big Brother announced to the House exactly what the reward was that Pauline had chosen Helen to receive.

12. Helen auditioned for Big Brother in the same way as all other applicants for a place in the Big Brother House. When she entered the House, Helen did not have an agent, a manager or any connection with either Northern & Shell or Richard Desmond.

13. The behaviour of all housemates is regularly monitored by Big Brother and interventions are made whenever Big Brother considers it necessary. Some interventions are informal, some are formal; some result in serious warnings. Not all of these interventions are included in the material broadcast.

14. In Helen’s case, the broadcasts twice showed her being reprimanded by Big Brother for her conduct (in relation to Danielle and Matthew). There were a number of further informal interventions with Helen about her conduct and during the course of the material broadcast Helen herself made reference to some of these, although these informal interventions were not themselves included in any broadcast. Informal interventions with other housemates, similarly, were not included in the material broadcast.

15. The Big Brother voting system remains independently verified and Big Brother is satisfied that the outcome of Big Brother 2014 was an accurate reflection of the public’s decisions.



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18 comments on this article

  1. Thomas says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    What an absolute and utter shambles – having to issue a statement was bad enough, these people just keep digging themselves deeper and deeper.
    I’ve tried my best, but I just can’t bring myself to believe that Helen received that many votes legitimately in the surge before they finally closed the lines. Shameful situation.

  2. Dragon says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    Am I losing it? I thought I heard BB say to Pauline which housemate do you think should get a pass to the final? If nothing was mentioned about who would get what, who chose to punish Matthew, and give £5000 to Mark? Why would Pauline mention those names if she didn’t know who was going to get what.

  3. Janicer says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    I was interested to hear the wording of the warnings issued to HMs during the current CBB the other night. If what they read out are the rules then Helen should have been removed as soon as she went for Matthew as she should have got her one and only warning over Danielle comments. C5 can quote statistics and play word games but reality is Helen should have been removed from the house early on. They have not explained to viewers why she was not. It will be interesting to see if further outbursts from Leslie,Fremchy or Kellie result in their removal from the house.

  4. Brekkie says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    So the correction is still wrong then.

  5. Brekkie says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    Also note sure their new figures really add up – why don’t they just release the totals at each line freeze rather than various calculations at random points of the day.

    It’s like one of those GCSE maths questions – “If Ashleigh received X more votes than Helen, how on earth did the most hated woman in theshows history win?”

  6. Shoib says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    Actually Helen is not the most hated in history, I still can’t believe people are still crying over the fact that Ashleigh lost, I did not want Ashleigh or Helen to win cause they are both bitches but I think people underestimated how popular Helen was. Christopher or Ash deserved to win, the reasons for why Ashleigh was so popular is ridiculous.

  7. jennyjuniper says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    @Dragon
    You did hear that. If you want to hear it again go to Youtube BB Highlights June 7.
    I hope they have a very long shovel for all the s… they are having to shovel. :grin:

  8. jennyjuniper says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    @Shoib
    How can you speak for everyone when you say Helen is not the most hated. How do you know?
    As for Ash, he was one of the least deserving to win. All he did was shadow Helen and egg her on in her nastiness.

  9. jennyjuniper says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !
  10. jennyjuniper says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    There is still the mystery of why Pauline, just before she chose Helen said ‘They are going to kill me for this’. Who did she mean? The public…….

  11. Lou says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    So they’ve basically explained absolutely nothing whatsoever. Why are we looking at the voting at these points? It wasn’t really all about how many votes they got it was about the lines being rigged in the last 15 minutes leading to Helens win. All they’ve really done here is show a surge in votes for Helen in the last half an hour.. Actually proving our suspicions somewhat correct that Ashleigh’s voting line had been closed while Helens remained open. How can votes for Ashleigh be still a pretty big way ahead of Helen during the day and then suddenly half an hour before the end show Helen magically in the lead? Absolute farce and STILL no explanation for why a bully was allowed to stay in while most warnings where hidden from us and why she was given special treatment (viewing housemates in the other room a day before the final) the entire way though this series quite apart from Pauline’s final ticket delegation. This barely scrapes the surface.

  12. John Kane says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    @Lou It just makes no sense.

    Look at it this way, Christopher had a lot of supporters, many of whom were impressed with the way he had stood up to Helen a number of times during the show.

    They also felt sorry for him for the way Helen had treated him during the series.

    Christopher was very close to Ashleigh.

    The worst case scenario for the vast majority of Christophers fans (and all decent people) would have been a Helen win.

    So once he was evicted, most of his supporters would have switched their allegiances to Ashleigh and she would have picked up a lot of votes from them.

    Another massive hole in Channel 5′s statement.

  13. amanda says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    Is this really still going on lol it’s only a TV show!

  14. Sammy says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    @amanda
    I agree you don’t get in bed over a TV show that would be silly, but as I’ve said before what the majority of people are fuming at is not the fact that Helen won, most people have excepted that, it’s the way the public have been manipulated and disrespected as though they have no intelligence and what appears to be the fraudulent outcome of the show.
    If this doesn’t bother you then fine but if it isn’t thoroughly looked into, all show which rely heavily on phone votes such as BGT, XFactor etc will all fall under suspicion.
    Already you can see the pattern with BGT where the strongest act is nearly always the last act on the night leaving that act to the forefront of your mind.
    You will start to scrutinize every vote show on TV to find a subliminal pattern set out by the producers if this years BB isn’t investigated.
    If it’s investigated by an independent body and they say it was all above board then I will have no option other than to except it and then forget about it.

    By the way I wasn’t an Ashleigh supporter, I’d backed Christopher to win.

  15. blueblind says:
    Sun 24 Aug Reply !

    I posted this on another thread but that one looks to be outdated. Thought I’d post here where someone may actually see it.

    Hello. I’m in the U.S. I’m fed up with the US version of this show so I looked into the UK version. I saw there was a controversy over the winner. Watched a few of the last episodes and the finale. Was totally fascinated with the UK version. However, I’ve gone back to day 1 and started watching. With knowing the outcome it has become OBVIOUS the entire show is scripted. Every conflict, every argument is planned. Of course not word for word, but I think the housemates are guided into each scenario. Also, I’d swear that after the first housemate was evicted you heard the host tell her she did a good job with her reaction and crying. I think your version is as rigged as ours.

    These shows, versions in both our countries, would really benefit from having a behind the production show rather than useless discussion shows. Take us along the journey and show us how they come up with their ideas for rewards and challenges and such. I’d be fascinated by that kind of show. And it would help (as long as it was truthful lol) bring the audience on board in stead of against production.

  16. Lou says:
    Mon 25 Aug Reply !

    Exactly totally agree. It makes no sense whatsoever and they have literally issued a statement to shut us all up but the statement itself is covering absolutely nothing of the issues the audience brought up. It’s also like because they have the CBB on we have all forgotten so it gets brushed under the carpet, v frustrating. Did you see the daily mail page? Also unsure if you answered the other post on another news article here so I case you didn’t see it I am 100% missing your comments! Pretty boring place without them

    @John Kane

  17. John Kane says:
    Tue 26 Aug Reply !

    @Lou Cheers Lou, I must admit I do miss coming on here fuming and venting my anger.

    The banter was (almost) always good. In fact I’d say chatting with yourself and the others on here was actually far more pleasurable than actually watching the show, which just used to have my blood boiling.

    Alas I’m not watching “Celebrity” Big Brother so I don’t have much to say on here these days.

    I didn’t see the Daily Mail page, what was it about?

  18. Sue Smith says:
    Tue 26 Aug Reply !

    I will never watch big brother after HELEN winning don’t care what bb, or channel 5 say it was a FIX its not what you no ITS WHO U NO and HELEN NOS a lot of high people looking at it …………………….


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