Bankrupt Spanish game show Cifras y Letras hasn't paid any of its winners since 2011, with some contestants being owed as much as €8000.
Pablo Cuervo, an architect from Oviedo (Asturias), won the game show in June of 2011 and is still waiting to be paid the €5800 he managed to bag thanks to his mathematical and linguistic skills.
“There are people who are owed as much as €8000. The show is not even willing to pay those who won €400,” Cuervo told Spanish daily El País.
Together with 50 other contestants, Cuervo has set up an internet page to raise awareness for their plight.
Both Madrid-based TV station Telemadrid and the show’s production company Vamos a ver TV are either giving the Cifras y Letras winners excuses or not answering their calls.
The insolvent production company also owes money to the winners of other game shows and has convened a creditors meeting to try to solve the issue.
“All the company’s assets will have to be liquidated and shared among the creditors,” Vamos a Ver TV’s lawyer told El País.
Cuervo and the contestants are now concerned they'll be the last ones to be paid, if at all.
Conchi Rojas, another of the Cifras y Letras winners says one of the other problems they are facing is that the game show’s organizers never gave them a copy of the contract which proves they took part or are owed money.
“All we can rely on are some of the recordings of the shows we've managed to find to prove they owe us money,” she told El País.