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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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Big Step extends call for gambling ad ban to England semi-final

The Big Step campaign has written to ITV bosses ahead of the UEFA 2020 European Championship semi-final clash between England and Denmark, calling for no gambling advertising to be shown. Citing the fact that it is estimated that over 20 million people across the UK watch the England national team, including many children, the campaign – an initiative of the …

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Ruth Davidson documentary places primetime spotlight on Gambling Review

Channel 4 will air tonight ‘Football’s Gambling Addiction’ (7:30-8:30 pm), an investigation of football’s current relationship with gambling brands, led by former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. The documentary was commissioned last month by the terrestrial broadcaster, which had recruited the former minister and journalist to lead an investigation of football’s ‘intertwined relationship with betting and gambling operators’. In its …

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ITV: Euro 2020 gambling advertising ‘will be significantly reduced’

ITV has responded to the calls from Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Ronnie Cowan to suspend gambling advertising during the upcoming 2020 UEFA European Championships. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the free-to-air terrestrial broadcaster ran 172 betting-related ads throughout its coverage, whilst over £2.3 billion was wagered in the UK on the tournament. In its statement, ITV detailed: “The …

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Big Step campaign calls for Euro 2020 gambling ad suspension

A group of 60 gambling law reform advocates have joined the Big Step campaign in calling for a suspension of gambling advertising during this summer’s UEFA European Football Championship. An initiative of the Gambling with Lives charity, the Big Step has detailed its suggestions in a letter to several broadcasters and media outlets covering television, radio and online verticals, including …

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Scientific Games’ OpenSports finds more success at Grand National

Scientific Games has broken its records again in 2021, this time at the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, building on the success of its OpenSports platform at the Cheltenham Festival. The Nasdaq registered firm reported over 50 million bets placed through OpenSports, utilised by a range of online and retail operators, with over 19 million bets placed on …

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Ladbrokes penalised by ASA for socially irresponsible advertising

Ladbrokes has been sanctioned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after a complaint regarding an on-demand video advertisement. Released on 25 October 2020, the video, set in a café, depicted various customers using the Ladbrokes app on their phones. Footage of a horse race is then shown, while a voice over states ‘come starter’s orders, I’m a bag of nerves,’ …

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Bet Regret focuses on betting self-awareness for new football season  

GambleAware has announced the launch of ‘phase two’ of its flagship ‘Bet Regret’ campaign ahead of this weekend’s start of the Premier League 2020/2021 season. Promoted nationwide, GambleAware’s latest campaign carries the tagline ‘tap-out to avoid Bet Regret’, urging audiences to pause and reconsider before they place an impulsive bet. Measuring the impact of its Bet Regret series on UK …

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Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming

Over recent years, the UK racing sector has faced a number of difficulties including cuts to funding, concerns over age-verification measures and engagement with a wider audience. Speaking to Ben Keith, Owner of Star Sports, at Betting on Sports he explained that the on-course sector is doing everything it can to prevent under-aged gambling. He said: “I don’t really think …

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Viewing figures for Grand National rise as Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum feat

This year’s Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse has continued to grab the attention of the nation, as viewing figures for the ITV-covered race have increased by 12 per cent. The broadcast, fronted by Ed Chamberlin, is reported to have hit figures of 9.6 million at peak viewing time, which is up from the 8.5 million viewers in 2018. …

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