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Eight o’clock on a balmy August night and five men are gathered around a table on an office rooftop terrace in London talking about girls.
The men are producers on Babestation, and so they’re not just shooting the breeze here. Broadcast live from the studios below, Babestation is the UK’s best-known TV sex line, the premium-rate phone-in show where models in various states of undress invite late-night viewers to call in or text them. Occasionally, they actually get a girl calling in, and this is always good for business. ” flashes up on screen and viewers are encouraged to eavesdrop on the conversation, at the rate of £1.50 per minute. Though the girls go topless, mime masturbation and generally jiggle about for all they’re worth, Ofcom rules state they must always wear a thong.
Though so-called “babe channels” have existed since 1995 when the US’s Playboy TV started Night Calls, a phone-in show where callers could “direct” the action being played out by the models, Babestation was the first of its kind in the UK.
What started as a two-hour experiment in a dead slot (11pm–1am) on the Game Network, a now-defunct video games channel, has held its own channel on Sky since 2006.
Anyone after a pants-off shot of a particular girl is invited to text a number, and a more revealing photo will be sent to their phone by SMS. Last night, Babestation sent more than 2,000 of these photos.
“It’s that intimate connection,” one of the producers tells me.The producers discuss which girls are fielding the most calls, and how they might persuade the 95 per cent of the men who, at any one time, are watching but not dialling their phone. (Furthermore no girl can thrust her crotch at the camera “for more than five unbroken seconds”.) But Babestation has come up with a novel way to circumnavigate this.In this regard, it may be considered something of an innovator in a field it now finds stuffed with imitators: Red Hot Amateur, Red Hot Mums, Red Hot 18s, Cheeky Chat, Dirty Tube, Blue Kiss TV, Essex Babes, Girl Girl, Filth and any number of other adult channels nestled in the higher numbers of your Freeview or Sky Box.By 9pm, the night-shift girls are ready on what passes for their “stage”, a firm mattress upon which they perch in bra and knickers, smiling with teeth and tongue.Each is armed with a cordless telephone that they jiggle as deftly as they do their buttocks to a tinny soundtrack of constant dance music.Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.