Saudi mobile firm blocks SMS voting for reality show

12/27/2005 | CNET

Mobily said it would block mobile phone users from voting via SMS for contestants on the reality show "Star Academy" because the Saudi government has condemned the program. "Star Academy," which airs on Lebanese channel LBC, features a large group of young men and women sharing a house 24/7 as they compete for a recording contract. Mobily said the decision would result in lost revenue, but that its brand would have been damaged if it allowed SMS voting.

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