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BBC in chaos in major mishap over cancelled show

Did you get a 'show cancelled' text message? 

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
August 23, 2022
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Plenty of people have taken to social media in confusion after receiving a message from BBC simply reading: "Show has been cancelled." So what on earth is it all about? 

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TV critic Scott Bryan tweeted about the strange message, writing: "Has anyone received a text message from the BBC saying “show has been cancelled”? And who did you get this text from?

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"Many *many* people have been receiving a text saying “show has been cancelled” from the part of the BBC that sorts out the audiences for popular programmes… It doesn’t appear to matter whether you booked a ticket with them a week ago, or indeed several years ago." 

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Another person tweeted BBC, writing: "What’s with the 'Show has been cancelled!' text messages (especially since the last show I booked for was late October)?" Another added: "Just got a text from BBC saying show has been cancelled. What show?! As you can see I haven’t been to a BBC show since 2019. I haven’t applied for anything. Wonder what show got cancelled." 

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BBC’s shows and tours official Twitter account responded to the odd messages, writing: "We're aware some texts have been received suggesting a show has been cancelled. We're looking into this as a matter of urgency. Nothing has been cancelled and we like to put a little more info in our texts if there are changes to our shows as we find it helps with clarity!" How bizarre!

They added: "We're not quite sure what's happened but we're looking into it. No current shows have been cancelled (and none last October either!). Apologies for the confusion." 

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