Police raid forces ITV show off the air

ITV has been forced to pull programming from its ITV Play channel after police raided one of its suppliers.

Last Friday, City of London Police officers visited the offices of Big Game TV in connection with alleged fraud, believed to relate to the use of premium-rate phone-lines.

Icstis, the premium phone number regulator, is also examining the allegations.

Big Game TV is based at ITV's Grays Inn Road headquarters. It operates as a standalone gaming channel on the Sky Digital platform, as well as providing late-night content for the ITV Play service. Content has also run on ITV2.

An ITV spokeswoman said: "We are in discussions with Big Game TV and have taken its programming off our channels as a precaution."

Ofcom has the power to intervene should Icstis decide to penalise Big Game. If that happens, the communications regulator could revoke Big Game's broadcasting licence or impose a fine.

Carriers of Big Game's content, such as ITV, would not be subject to action from Ofcom.

Big Game TV declined to comment.