Ben Fordham accidentally gives away $1,000 on air
Ben Fordham had a costly mistake on Monday’s show, awarding a $1,000 prize to a listener who hadn’t actually met the requirements of the game.
The ‘2GB For Me’ competition involves Fordham calling a registered listener, who then has 15 seconds to pick up their phone. They win $100 if they answer with the phrase “2GB for me”. This rockets to $1,000 if the listener also know’s the day’s code word.
On Monday, Fordham phoned a listener from Fairfield West, Kathy, who answered on time. Her first words, however, were “Hello”.
Fordham, seemingly caught up in the moment, awarded Kathy the $1,000 when she knew the winning code word, “winner”.
Kathys’ initial response was confusion: “You’re kidding me.”
“Would I joke about that?,” Fordham replied.
“I don’t know, Ben. I don’t know.”
Fordham then realised Kathy had answered the phone incorrectly, and shouldn’t actually have been awarded any prize money.
He decided, however, to cop the mistake, rather than taking the cash back from Kathy.
“I’ll tell you what, if you did it incorrectly, then it’s my mistake and I’ll be covering it anyway. So guess what? You’ve won $1,000.”
Fordham clarified for listeners that the competition has changed a few times, which led to the confusion.
“So that was my mistake. So Kathy, in fact, has not won $1,000 from 2GB, because she didn’t say ‘2GB for me’. But I made the mistake, so I’ll cover the mistake, and I’ll pay the $1,000 to Kathy, because I’m not going to have a situation where I’ve just told someone they won $1,000 and then all of a sudden they don’t win $1,000,” he said.
“I want to make clear that Kathy is receiving the $1,000 from me, not from 2GB, because I know that the bosses will say to me that I should have paid attention to the rules and regulations associated with the competition, and therefore I can’t be handing out the money to someone who hasn’t won.”