Evan slams Cilla’s psychic phone line

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2008

The Mail tells us all:

[Cilla Black is] set to rake in profits from a website and phone line that offers premium-rate “psychic” advice to gullible callers. The spiritualists offer telephone advice on topics from medical problems to missing pets.

But we can reveal that broadcasting regulator Ofcom is considering a complaint after she toured television and radio studios earlier this year to promote “Cilla’s Destiny Calls.” The £1.50-a-minute phone line is part-owned by Cilla and her son Robert Willis, 38, is a director. Callers can have one-to-one conversations with scores of astrologers, tarot card readers and clairvoyants.

And the Mail also tells us how deeply unimpressed is the Lib Dems’ man of science Dr Evan Harris:

… her latest venture has alarmed Lib Dem MP Dr Evan Harris. He said: “This psychic advice line is a load of rubbish and it is sad that Cilla Black, already a rich woman, chooses to promote it.” He is critical of the BBC for allowing Cilla to promote a commercial service despite its public-service remit and will raise the matter with the Corporation.