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Michael Dugher: “Gambling reform cannot be hijacked by extremists’ agendas” 

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As the long-awaited publishing of the government’s white paper on gambling reforms looms on the horizon, Michael Dugher Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned MPs to ‘ignore extremists’ trying to influence outcomes. Writing an opinion piece on parliamentary news source PoliticsHome, Dugher reiterated the need for industry reforms to be ‘led by the evidence’, away …

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Steve Birch: Sky Bet’s EFL partnership ‘most significant’ in world of sport

Sky Bet’s long-term partnership with the English Football League (EFL) has been described as one of the ‘most significant’ in the world of professional sports by the group’s CEO Steve Birch. Writing on the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) website, he suggested that the deal,  which was first established in 2013, has mostly revolved around advertising with a specific focus …

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BGC forms Ad Tech Forum for widest input on advertising protections 

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The Betting and Council (BGC) has established a cross-industry ‘Ad Tech Forum’ to provide UK online gambling incumbents with the best technical guidance and oversight for protecting children and vulnerable audiences from gambling harms.  The forum sees the BGC place technology at the forefront of its governance duties, as tech giants Meta, Twitter, Google and Snap will work with BGC members …

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Andrew Rhodes: UKGC will no longer tolerate repeat offenders

Andrew Rhodes, Interim Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has warned industry leadership that his department will no longer tolerate “recidivist behaviours towards compliance” as operators are ordered to maintain their licensing duties. Speaking at GambleAware’s Annual Conference, Rhodes stated that the Commission supported the conference’s key theme of ‘deeper collaboration to prevent gambling harms’. However, stakeholder ambitions …

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

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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 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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BGC praises high impact coverage of Safer Gambling Week 2021

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UK Gambling has hosted its most impactful Safer Gambling Week (#SGWeek2021), according to figures published by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). This year’s campaign, which ran from 1-to-7 November generated circa 25 million social media impressions, as #SGWeek2021 unique content was displayed across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. #SGWeek2021 high coverage saw Safer Gambling Week’s own Twitter, Instagram and Facebook …

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John O’Reilly: Reflections on 2005 Gambling Act needed for best industry outcomes 

Rank Group Chief Executive John O’Reilly believes that a positive outcome to the government’s generational review of the 2005 Gambling Act should “rewrite the industry’s historical flaws”.  Delivering the keynote speech at the ‘Reputation Matters: UK Gambling’s Future at Stake’ conference, O’Reilly provided his leadership take on legislative developments amid concerns of how the UK gambling sector will be re-shaped …

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BGC: Industry will maintain its safer gambling duties as problem rates fall

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has pledged that its membership will ‘keep the momentum’ on continuing to reduce problem gambling rates, following the positive results of 2021 gambling prevalence data published by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) Feedback of a quarterly telephone survey, conducted by Yonder Consulting, a nationally representative sample of 4,005 participants – aged 16 and over …

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