BBC BLOGS - Magazine Monitor
« Previous | Main | Next »

Not the caption competition

17:25 UK time, Thursday, 19 July 2007

There is no caption comp this week.

As you may have read, all BBC competitions have been suspended. We hope it will return soon.


  1. At 05:26 PM on 19 Jul 2007, Sam Ely wrote:

    How can the BBC compare a caption competition to their breaching of phone in competitions? It's bloody pathetic!!!
    Please bring back the CC soon as my thursdays will never be the same again!

  2. At 05:30 PM on 19 Jul 2007, Paul wrote:

    How ridiculous that this diktat be applied to a competition where no money or payment in kind is involved in entering or winning. This does nothing to enhance licence payers' confidence in the "judgement" of the BBC!

  3. At 06:10 PM on 19 Jul 2007, Ally wrote:

    Good grief, really?

    I should imagine the BBC Trust will enjoy going through several year's worth of caption competitions to check for any element of bias or favouritism!

  4. At 07:50 PM on 19 Jul 2007, Richard Downey wrote:

    Hang on a minute - are you telling me the caption contest winners have been staged as well? No wonder I've never won it!

  5. At 07:56 PM on 19 Jul 2007, David, Portugal wrote:

    OK, I can understand "prize" competitions being suspended, until all BBC staff have completed their "how to run competitions ethically" course, but what possible harm can come from an online, no prize (apart from bragging rights) light hearted, bit of fun "competition". Suggest you remove the "Competition" and call it "Caption Submissal Mechanism Thingy" - that should be OK....

  6. At 08:31 PM on 19 Jul 2007, Boots wrote:

    Shame! I can understand competitions with premium phone lines being stopped, but a harmless bit of fun like this, which pulls in hundreds of entries a week at no cost to the entrant, with no prize other than kudos? Mad.

  7. At 10:29 PM on 19 Jul 2007, PaulH wrote:

    How silly... the Caption Comp costs nothing to enter, had no real winner, did no-one any harm at all. No comparison with rip-off phone lines cheating kids out of prizes.

    Because the Caption Comp was basically just, er, sending a comment about a picture, does that mean that all MM comments are now to be suspended also?

    Fix the real problems, BBC, don't spoil harmless fun.

  8. At 11:09 PM on 19 Jul 2007, Ed wrote:

    Well, as I'm not phoning, and don't expect to win anything, I'll enter anyway...

    "And they're off..."

  9. At 07:16 AM on 20 Jul 2007, Simon Rooke wrote:

    OK MM, isn't it time for a clear statement from you to say you've never been involved in any subterfuge? Therefore, and because of the distinct lack of value of kudos, why can't the online competitions be reinstated?

  10. At 09:16 AM on 20 Jul 2007, John, Sevenoaks wrote:

    Has the distribution of prizes also been suspended?

    N.B. This is not an entry and should be returned to the above address if unopened.

  11. At 09:23 AM on 20 Jul 2007, Simon Rooke wrote:

    The Invisible Man had never done that before with the Invisible Woman.

  12. At 10:04 AM on 20 Jul 2007, David Dee (anonymous) wrote:

    There has to be a way round this. Couldn't you publish the best comments about the lack of a Caption Competition (anonymously, of course). Then you could have a mini-quiz to guess which of your regular contributors sent in the best comment. That should do it!

  13. At 10:22 AM on 20 Jul 2007, Stig wrote:

    For goodness sake, don’t leave us with just ‘Have your Say’. They are angry angry people, and rather scary..

  14. At 10:57 AM on 20 Jul 2007, ian wrote:

    The suspension of the caption competition, shows, as I suspected, that my captions weren't winning because Stig was a member of the BBC Top Gear programme.

  15. At 11:27 AM on 20 Jul 2007, LauraHD wrote:

    Surely this is leg-pulling by MM? And how does the DMQ stay, but this not?...

    Of course on this sort of basis, the letters should be pulled too since far too many people see that as a comp to get more and more published... or be the last of the week!

  16. At 11:31 AM on 20 Jul 2007, Dean wrote:

    "Abridged Too Far"?

  17. At 11:59 AM on 20 Jul 2007, Mark Bell wrote:

    I'm glad the Caption Competition has been suspended. I won in February 2005 and I'm still waiting for my Kudos to arrive.

  18. At 12:03 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Peter Stagg wrote:

    Ok I want my licence fee back.
    If I can't enter the caption comp then I better get my entry fee back.

    Small unmarked £10 notes please

  19. At 12:07 PM on 20 Jul 2007, H. Anthony wrote:

    This is an outrage.... I demand a full public inquiry into why the CC has been cancelled.

  20. At 12:09 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Peter Stagg wrote:

    Hang on.............

    Does that mean the my number 1 position in the comp Posted Friday, 8 June 2007 was faked?

    I didn't really win??

    ohh the shame of it all.

    How am I going to tell my mum it was all a lie and I didn't really get position 1 after all.....

  21. At 12:16 PM on 20 Jul 2007, James Carter wrote:

    If the caption competition was running (which it isn't) then a good photo would be the one of the seagull stealing the Doritos from the shop in Scotland. Maybe viewers could let us know what their captions would have been had this been the photo (which it is isn't). My caption is (or isn't) "these shops are so gullible".

  22. At 12:18 PM on 20 Jul 2007, DL wrote:

    Elsewhere on the BBC Newssite you are still running a competition to find the best Harry Potter Summary in under 100 words - so why no caption competition ?

  23. At 12:18 PM on 20 Jul 2007, dave godfrey wrote:

    Has the BBC not being sharing out the kudos fairly?

  24. At 12:19 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Alan Addison wrote:

    This is a stupid, stupid decision. I can't express in words the contempt I feel for the person who made this stupid, stupid decision.

    The problem with the premium rate phone scams was that you had to pay to enter the competition.

    You dont have to pay to enter the caption competition. Well not in cold hard cash anyway.

  25. At 12:28 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Gareth Jones, Isle of Anglesey wrote:

    It's MJ Simpson isn't it ...there's no such person is there? Go on ...admit it! You've been rumbled.

  26. At 12:37 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Gareth Jones, Isle of Anglesey wrote:

    ...and if it's not MJ Simpson that you made up's Sue Lee!

  27. At 12:49 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Jel wrote:

    I think this gives us carte blanche to declare a non-Competition open on the entire site, ladies and Gentlemen. I hereby suggest that by simply publishing our observations on the unusual angles of life, we may yet relieve the readership of the crushing weight of bureaucracy. To aid the moderators, perhaps we should head our letters, Re: Not the caption competition.

  28. At 01:07 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Helene Parry wrote:

    No new comps? Well, can we have a repeat of an old one? A case of "here's one we made earlier-" (Oops! Sorry!)

  29. At 01:07 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Jonathan wrote:

    So how come there's still a daily mini quiz, which has just as much of a prize (nothing)? Not that I want rid of the mini quiz, you understand; I just want the CC back (and Punorama which is presumably going the same way).

  30. At 01:08 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Anna wrote:

    Hmmm - I think MM senses that this is perfect cover for not having to source a captionabe pic, and gives more time to devote to porridge eating...

  31. At 01:19 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Ian wrote:

    You made me cry.

    Hope you are satisfied. Even though I am appallingly bad at the puns and the captions, lord knows I've tried.

    My heart is sinking deeper and deeper into the morass that the gap of these competitions do not fill.

    I would cancel my subscription but I have no subscription to cancel and would have nothing to do at work otherwise.

  32. At 01:22 PM on 20 Jul 2007, RICK wrote:

    Can't you just call it the "Caption Suggestions" this week instead?

  33. At 01:24 PM on 20 Jul 2007, Andy Everitt wrote:

    "Hey, who's pinched our picture?" (that's obviously being spoken by the unseen person to the left, not the right as that would just be ridiculous)

This post is closed to new comments.


Sign in

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.