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Friday, 3 March, 2000, 18:29 GMT
Row over Welsh song contest
Paul Jones
Paul Jones - one of the joint producers of the Song for Wales programme
Welsh-language channel S4C has launched an investigation after a phone fiasco over its Song For Wales contest.

The contest was screened live on Wednesday night.

Scores of people phoned to complain that they could not get through to vote for their favourite song because lines were engaged.

S4C says it received dozens of calls, and the BBC also handled scores of complaints from disgruntled viewers - even though the programme was being produced by an independent company.

S4C's director of programmes Huw Eirug said the channel had started an investigation into problems posed by the competition voting system.

Explanation promised

A full explanation would follow as soon as the investigation had been completed, he said.

Can I Gymru 2000 was produced by the Apollo and Avanti companies, with the vote organised by Broadsystems.

But the organisers say engaged calls on specific numbers were registered as "hits" as well as the ones which got through.

The winning composer was Anglesey headmaster Arfon Wyn with the song Field of Wheat, which was performed by Martin Beatty.

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