Bauer & Global competition rules and restrictions
If you’re a keen comper, you may already be aware of the rules surrounding comps hosted by certain media and radio brands – and the limitations on prizes you can win from them! These rules were introduced for on-air radio promotions, to stop the same people winning major prizes regularly – but they apply to other media too.
I’m taking a look at the T&Cs used by Global and Bauer – and the brands they own, which are most of the big commercial radio stations in the UK. I’ve also included a look at the T&Cs for Wireless Group, who own Virgin Radio and Talk Sport. It’s worth reading this post so you’re aware of the rules – it may help you decide whether or not to enter certain competitions or not!
Bauer have a set of general competition Terms and Conditions and also specific T&Cs for individual competitions. The general T&Cs apply to all competitions, from the free online prize draws to the standard-rate and premium rate text entry promotions.
These general T&Cs state that you must enter a competition once only, and use your legal name. If Bauer believe you have made multiple entries using different phone numbers, email addresses, or social media accounts, all entries will be void.
If the general terms and specific terms contradict each other, then the specific terms take priority (eg. the general Bauer terms state it’s a maximum of 1 entry per person for each competition, but the specific Cash Register terms state it’s a maximum of 4 entries per person). When you enter a Bauer competition you are agreeing to both the general and specific sets of T&Cs.
Once you’ve won a prize valued at £500 or more from any Bauer brand, nobody at the same address can win a prize from any Bauer brand during the next 6 months:
If a previous winner (of a prize valued at £500 or more in the last six months) is drawn at random in a subsequent Competition, or subsequent round of the same Competition within six months then they will be disqualified, and another entrant will be drawn. If it emerges after a winner has been awarded a prize that they are a previous winner of a prize valued at £500 or more in the last six months, in breach of these terms and conditions, they will be excluded and the prize shall not be paid or delivered to them. If the prize has already been paid or delivered, this must be returned immediately upon request. For clarity, it is possible to be drawn more than once to play a Competition and if an entrant has not previously won a prize valued at £500 or more in the last six months, they are eligible to play the same Competition again.
T&Cs for individual competitions also reiterate this point.
If you win a single prize worth £500 or more, you can’t win another prize worth any value for the following six months (starting from the date you won the prize). So if you’re entering a promotion such as Kissmas where you specify the value of the prize you want, keeping it under £500 might be your best bet! And if you are lucky enough to win a high value prize with Bauer, remember that their T&Cs affect a huge range of brands (see www.bauermedia.co.uk/brands) – so if you win a holiday on Magic FM, don’t go entering Absolute’s web comp to win £1000 the following month. You can enter to win multiple prizes valued at less than £500 – it’s only when you win a biggie that the 6 month ban comes into force!
Bauer radio brands
- Hits Radio
- Greatest Hits Radio
- Planet Rock
- …and many more local stations (see www.bauermedia.co.uk/brands-radio)
Bauer TV brands
- The Box Plus Network (includes Kerrang!, Kiss & Magic)
- winit.winsomething.co.uk – featuring ‘click to win’ competitions from Bauer magazines. Specific T&Cs for each of these competitions state that multiple entries are allowed – you can enter on all the various magazine sites, and enter daily.
- Angling Times
- Bikes Unlimited
- Bird Watching
- Classic Bike
- Classic Cars
- Classic Car Weekly
- Commercial Fleet
- Country Walking
- Digital Photo
- Garden Answers
- Garden News
- Golf World
- Improve Your Coarse Fishing
- Land Rover Owner
- Model Rail
- Practical Classics
- Practical Sportsbikes
- Spirit and Destiny
- Steam Railway
- Take a Break
- That’s Life
- Today’s Golfer
- Total TV Guide
- Trail Running
- TV Choice
- What Bike?
The paid entry platform PrizeJar, although advertised across Bauer websites, is not actually owned by Bauer. It’s owned by Triple Star Media Limited, who have their own set of terms and conditions.
Global updated their general terms and conditions in 2021, and they are published on the website of each of their radio stations (read them on the Heart website). Like Bauer, each individual competition has its own set of specific rules too. If these specific rules conflict with the general T&Cs (eg. allowing more than one entry), the specific rules will prevail. When you enter a competition you are agreeing to both the general and specific T&Cs.
New additions include that entrants must be based in the UK at the time of entering (so don’t call in if you’re currently abroad on holiday!). You must use your real name, and if they call back it must be you that answers. They will only call back the number that entered – so if for example you get through to play an on air competition by calling from a friend’s phone, you could be disqualified. If you win a prize and take a guest with you, the guest must comply with T&Cs (so you couldn’t take a friend on a prize holiday who’s on a six month Global exclusion period, for example!)
Like Bauer, Global general T&Cs only allow one entry per person. For example, entries from the same IP address, email address, postal address, or telephone number may be considered suspicious and be disqualified. If you win, you will need to show proof of your ID, age and address – and maybe even proof that your voice matches the on air winner!
If you win a high value prize (over £1000) with Global, they may contact you to inform you of a six month exclusion period – but if they haven’t contacted you, it’s OK to continue to enter other Global competitions. Usually after a second win (of any value), you will receive an email stating that you can’t enter any Global competitions for the following 6 months. Note that these rules only apply to the prizewinner – not to other household members.
So that we can ensure the fairness of our Promotions, we reserve the right to prevent you, at our absolute discretion, from entering any of the Promotions for a period of six months (“Exclusion Period”) if you have either: (i) won a prize valued at £1,000 or above during the previous six months; or (ii) won more than one prize during the previous six months. If we choose to exercise this right, we will notify you in writing (for example by email). If you enter any Promotion during the Exclusion Period, you may be disqualified and we reserve the right to: (i) select another entrant to participate in the Promotion or withdraw the prize and select another winner, as applicable; (ii) impose either a further exclusion period of twelve months from the date of your last entry attempt, or a longer or permanent ban, if we deem this necessary or appropriate; and/or (iii) disqualify your mobile phone number(s) and email addresses from future Promotions during this Exclusion Period. If you are disqualified, entry fees (if any) will not be refunded.
- Radio X
Win+ is Global’s paid entry platform, hosting competitions across all their radio station websites. Multiple entries are permitted across the Win+ platform up to a maximum of £30 spend per day. Entrants must agree to specific and general Global T&Cs when they take part, and if you win a prize worth over £500 on Win+ it’s OK to continue entering until Global tell you otherwise (as this is a paid platform, I assume Global don’t restrict your wins, as banning entrants for 6 months would restrict their revenue!)
If you have any problems, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wireless Group own Virgin Radio and Talk Sport, as well as a number of smaller Irish stations, and you can find their general competition T&Cs on the Virgin Radio website. You can only enter each competition once.
Wireless are much stricter than Global and Bauer, and if you win a prize of any value with a Wireless Group station (online or on air), you’re not allowed to enter any of their competitions for a full 12 months!
….anyone who has won a prize on any radio station or website operated by the Promoter within the last 12 months are not eligible to enter any Competition
Have you won a prize with Bauer or Global, and had a problems claiming it? Let me know in the comments!