Tag Archives: ASA

UKGC comes under fire from Football Index collapse

Pressure is mounting on the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to explain the fallout of Football Index – the football player trading platform which entered insolvency proceedings last week citing that it could no longer maintain its business due to liquidity issues. John Whittingdale, DCMS’ new undersecretary overseeing UK gambling laws, is reported to have held ‘frank discussions’ with the Commission’s …

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ASA issues final reminder on ‘loot box advertising’ consultation 

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has reminded UK stakeholders that its ‘consultation phase’ requiring evidence on ‘advertising of loot boxes and other in-game purchases’ will close next week on Thursday 28 January.  The UK advertising standards body launched its consultation back in November, following concerns raised by government ‘select committees’ on elements of loot boxes, highlighting in-game purchases. In its …

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Michael Dugher: ‘Gambling review needs to be led by facts not fiction’

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Writing in Commons news source Politicshome.com, Michael Dugher – Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) – has warned MPs that there is ‘too much fiction swirled around the debate of gambling’.  As the review of the 2005 Gambling Act goes through its ‘call-for-evidence’ phase, Dugher and the BGC have welcomed the government’s ‘determination to drive big changes’ …

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BGC praises results of COVID action plan 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Since the launch of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) ‘COVID action plan’, the industry’s unified trade body states that the number of safer gambling messages displayed on gambling sites ‘has more than doubled in just six months’. The 10-pledge plan was initially unveiled at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March and set out the new standards …

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ASA ‘underage sweep’ sees marked improvement in gambling advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has revealed a drastic improvement in gambling-related adverts being restricted to underage audiences after the watchdog published the results of its ‘second online marketing sweep’. Continuing its year-long project, the ASA noted that inappropriately placed online betting and gambling adverts had ‘reduced significantly, from 70 ads in the first sweep to 5 ads in the …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Gambling advertising moves to its next chapter

Not that long ago, gambling advertising was far from the highly controversial subject it has become in more recent times. Re-reading findings from 2014 research into “public perceptions of gambling advertising in the UK”, commissioned by the Advertising Standards Authority, makes me realise just how much both public sentiment and the regulatory mood have changed since then. Six years ago, …

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UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has this morning revealed its new industry measures preventing under-18 audiences from viewing gambling adverts through online media verticals. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. The new measures will form part of the BGC’s newly published ‘Sixth Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising’ which …

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ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has this morning published the findings of its ‘online monitoring sweep’ identifying age-restricted adverts that have been published within children’s digital media.  This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. ASA’s ‘monitoring sweep’ forms part of a year-long project in which the advertising authority seeks to …

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Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform 

Lee Willows, Chief Executive of educational charity The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), said that the education sector must be further engaged in the regulatory makeup of the gambling sector.  Willows made his statement reflecting on the significant events of last week, following three separate industry oversight reports being published by the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG); …

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Advertising Association moves against GRH APPG radical reforms 

The Advertising Association (AA) has rejected the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm’s (GRH APPG) demand for a blanket ban on gambling advertising. The GRH APPG blanket ban demand forms part of the parliamentary group’s ‘30 evidence-based recommendations’ published this morning – calling for an overhaul of UK gambling laws and its governing structures.  This afternoon, AA Chief Executive …

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