Tag Archives: Michael Dugher

BGC calls for ombudsman to enhance consumer complaints process

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the government to strengthen the gambling sector’s customer complaints process by establishing an industry ombudsman. Although a system for dealing with customer complaints already exists, the betting and gaming industry standards body has argued that the creation of an ombudsman would improve consistency of the process as well as its general …

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Britannia Stakes ‘fantastic initiative’ distributes £1.25m to charities

Member organisations of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) have distributed over £1.25 million to a selection of charities, donating the entirety of the profits from the Britannia Stakes race, held on 17 June during the Royal Ascot festival.  Participants in the initiative include BGC members Flutter Entertainment (Paddy Power, Betfair, Sky Bet), bet365, Entain (Ladbrokes, Coral), William Hill, Kindred …

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Michael Dugher: No evidence to support gambling advertising ban

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has voiced his criticisms of calls for a ban on gambling advertising during the upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championship, stating that campaigners’ demands are ‘not backed up by the evidence’. Writing in parliamentary magazine The House, Dugher referenced ITV’s recent decision to ‘significantly reduce’ the number of gambling-related advertisements …

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BGC members commit ‘vital funds’ to charities from Britannia Stakes profits

A group of Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) members have committed to donate all-profits from the Britannia Stakes, giving a ‘major’ financial boost to a selection of charities. Participating BGC members include bet365, BetVictor, Betway, Entain (Ladbrokes, Coral), Flutter Entertainment (Paddy Power, Betfair, Sky Bet), William Hill, Kindred (Unibet), Rank Group (Grosvenor Sport), the Tote and Fitzdares. “I am absolutely …

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BGC: PGR ‘fantasy figures’ undermine the real economic contribution of UK gambling

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has issued its statement regarding this morning’s report by Peers for Gambling Reform (PGR), highlighting the industry’s financial contribution to the UK economy in response to ‘fantasy figures’. Five key measures were recommended by the report – affordability checks, stake limits on high-risk online casino games, a ban on sports sponsorships, the classification of …

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BGC announces 2021 Safer Gambling Week

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced the date for 2021 Safer Gambling Week, due to take place between 1 November and 7 November, in cooperation with the Bingo Association and Bacta. Since its inception in 2017, the annual campaign has seen the betting and gaming industry collaborate on several safer gambling messages via online and land-based venues, to …

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BGC: Lockdown easing ‘a fantastic boost’ for betting and casino sector

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the easing of UK national lockdown restrictions today, with up to 100 casinos across the country permitted to reopen their doors to customers. Additionally, limitations on retail betting shops such as a ban on showcasing live sporting events on TV will also be lifted, whilst Scottish bettors will be granted access to …

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Paddy Power reopens English and Welsh betting shops

Flutter Entertainment’s Paddy Power has announced the reopening of its English and Welsh high street betting shops, although Irish outlets will remain closed. Setting out social distancing measures and COVID-19 safety guidelines, only two gaming machines will be operational in each outlet whilst a maximum capacity of eight customers has been established. Bettors can only visit a shop for no …

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‘Another step towards normality’ as Scottish betting shops reopen

Scottish retail betting shops are reopening their doors to customers today (26 April) after four months of inactivity due to COVID-19 lockdowns. The safe reopening of Scotland’s high street betting outlets has been described as ‘another step towards normality’ for the industry, its employees, bettors and the British economy in general by Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and …

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BGC: Betting retail reopening ‘great news’ for industry and economy

 Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has described the reopening of the retail betting sector as ‘great news’ for both the industry and the UK economy. Under the UK government’s four-stage plan for the easing of national lockdown restrictions in England and Wales, around 6,000 retail bookmakers will unlock their doors and resume trading for the first time …

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