Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

Tabcorp CEO Attenborough calls for Australian advertising overhaul

David Attenborough, CEO of Tabcorp, has called on the Australian federal government to tighten restrictions around gambling advertising on prime-time television. The CEO of the ASX-registered gambling group detailed his belief that the government should reform Australia’s current advertising landscape, with a particular focus on limiting betting marketing during live sports events. He cited exposure to children being greater during …

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Michael Dugher: Gambling ads not singled out by consumers

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The viewing public find advertising to be ‘annoying’ in general, not gambling advertising in particular, according to Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) Chief Executive Michael Dugher. Writing in parliamentary magazine The House, the BGC CEO, and former Shadow Secretary of State for the DCMS, criticised ‘prohibitionists from the anti-gambling lobby’, although acknowledged that the industry is ‘reassured’ by the ‘evidence-based …

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BGC announces support for 5,000 new apprenticeships

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has detailed its role in the UK’s post-COVID economic recovery plan, with plans to invest in apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people. Under its plans, the BGC and its members have pledged to launch 5,000 apprenticeships for young people looking to work in the British betting and gaming industry between now and 2025.  …

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Gambling Act Review: VIP schemes reportedly face ban

Sports betting operators’ VIP schemes have been reportedly targeted by government Ministers, according to the Daily Mail, as a new outcome of the overhaul of the 2005 Gambling Act. Citing government sources, the Mail detailed that the practice has been reportedly described as ‘immoral’ by gambling law reform advocating Ministers, who have argued that VIP schemes encourage problem gambling. Under …

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BGC pledges to ‘maintain momentum’ on safer betting ahead of football restart

As the new English football season gets underway this evening, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has pledged to ‘maintain the momentum’ on safer betting and player protection initiatives. This will include the continuation of measures, aimed at ensuring safe betting and protecting younger audiences, such as a pre-9pm watershed whistle-to-whistle ban on TV betting advertising from five minutes before …

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SIS and Racing Post collaborate on one-off betting shop awards programme

SIS (Sports Information Services) has teamed up with the Racing Post to host a one-off Betting Shop Champion Awards, aimed at recognising the efforts of retail betting and gaming staff during the COIVD-19 pandemic. As with other sectors of the UK economy, the retail betting sector has been hard hit by lockdowns, with high street bookmakers forced to close their …

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Whittingdale backs DCMS’ evidence-led approach against APPG criticism

John Whittingdale MP, the DCMS Minister overseeing the 2005 Gambling Act review, has responded to a letter from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) calling on the government to ‘act in an informed way’ on gambling advertising. Sent on 5 July, the letter concerned a parliamentary discussion held on 25 May, during which Whittingdale responded to …

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BGC welcomes Snapchat gambling ad opt-out feature

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has issued a statement welcoming a new feature added to social media platform Snapchat that enables users to opt out of gambling-related advertising. Snapchat developer Snap has been ‘working closely’ with the betting industry trade association over the past year, and intends to use the feature to give its customers greater control over the …

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10 MPs received match tickets from betting firms throughout Euro 2020

The BBC has reported that 10 MPs from the two largest political parties received tickets to UEFA Euro 2020 Championship, in addition to other prominent sporting tournaments. Overall, eight Conservative Party MPs and two Labour Party MPs were gifted tickets worth between £1,537.60 and £3,457, with the two members of the latter party serving as members of the Shadow Cabinet. …

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