Tag Archives: Michael Dugher

BGC highlights ‘wake up call’ following latest YouGov betting poll

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has raised concerns regarding a recent YouGov poll of bettors on the subject of affordability checks, describing the results as a ‘wake up call’ for legislators.  According to the poll, 16% of bettors stated that they would welcome affordability checks, the wider implementation of which is under consideration as part of the 2005 Gambling …

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Michael Dugher: Ministers ‘walking a tightrope’ on Gambling Act balancing

With the White Paper and subsequent outcomes of the 2005 Gambling Act review due to be revealed this year, the legislative overhaul could have substantial political impacts.  This is according to Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), in a comment piece published in The Telegraph this morning. As argued by the BGC Chief, the outcomes …

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BGC reiterates affordability check opposition citing Racing TV survey

A recent survey by Racing TV has been cited by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) in its argument against enhanced affordability checks.  Issuing a statement earlier today, BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher stated that he was ‘alarmed’ at the findings and remarked that he was ‘hopeful’ that ministers would take into consideration the opinions of surveyed bettors. Overall, the …

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BGC calls for casino support package in the event of further restrictions

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the UK government to consider the financial needs of casinos when drafting up any support packages, in the event of further restrictions. As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to sweep across the UK, authorities have begun to implement new restrictions such as mandatory mask wearing in public shops, and Chancellor …

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BGC lauds industry’s ‘huge contribution’ in community and social initiatives

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has provided an overview of the gambling industry’s 2021 CSR initiatives, focusing on community outreach, economic and social contribution, promotion of equality and diversity, employee support and environmental initiatives.  A number of prominent companies were highlighted in the report, including bet365 Group, Flutter Entertainment, William Hill, Gamesys and Entain, whilst BGC members in general …

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BGC: Gambling White Paper must ensure child protections across the board

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting & Gaming Council (BGC), has led industry calls for the government to place child protection at “the front and centre of the forthcoming gambling white paper”.  Taking leadership of the BGC in 2019, Dugher outlined the sector’s unified commitment to keeping young people safe from gambling harms by the means of stricter age-verification …

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BGC thanks Shadow Cabinet members for ‘positive engagement’ with betting sector

A Shadow Cabinet reshuffle has seen two new additions with responsibility for betting industry oversight, Lucy Powell MP and Alex Davies-Jones MP, who have been welcomed by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). Powell currently serves as MP for Manchester Central and will replace Jo Stevens MP as the Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport, whilst …

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David Willetts joins BGC as new communications chief

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has appointed David Willetts to coordinate its press and public relations operations as Director of Communications and Digital. In his new position, Willetts will hold the aforementioned responsibilities of maintaining media relations, whilst also working towards the BGC’s objective of ‘building consumer and public trust in the betting and gaming industry’ with assistance from …

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BGC welcomes Facebook gambling Ad Opt-outs 

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The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the news that Facebook will allow users to opt-outs of viewing gambling-related advertising content across its social media platform.  The trade body welcomed the development of Facebook’s new advertising safeguard, which will further support its members ‘Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising’, which were enforced last year. Adopting a tougher online advertising …

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