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‘Treat Betting like Tobacco’…Labour pledges to end betting firms sponsoring football clubs

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, wants UK football to ‘play its part in tackling the country’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction’. A new Labour policy proposal, will seek to end football club shirt sponsorships by bookmakers and gambling related firms. Watson has stated to The Guardian newspaper, that the Labour Party will pledge to curb ‘the power of gambling firms’, …

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Jim Mullen – Proven Theory! Ladbrokes Coral is now delivering for investors

Speaking to Ladbrokes Coral Plc investors on H1 2017 performance, group CEO Jim Mullen has detailed that the FTSE gambling firm is ‘now delivering on its pre-merger promises’. Presenting H1 2017 results, which saw Ladbrokes Coral declare group operating profits of £51 million, Mullen stated that the enlarged operator’s ambitions and scalability were ‘no longer theoretical’. Throughout his tenure as …

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Snap General Election sees DCMS delay publication of industry FOBTs & Advertising review

The UK Department for Culture Media & Sports (DCMS) has chosen to delay the publication of its industry review of FOBTs practices and advertising standards following this week’s Snap General Election call by PM Theresa May. The report which is eagerly awaited by industry stakeholders was due to be published this April. However, in light of the General Election call …

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Industry awaits ‘game changing’ DCMS industry FOBTs report

UK industry stakeholders are bracing themselves for this April’s industry review of fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs) and advertising standards by the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The DCMS industry publication could become an industry ‘game changer’ should the government move to reduce maximum stakes on FOBTs from £100 to a £2 limit, triggering the industry’s worst scenario. Focusing on improving …

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Jim Mullen – Stringent FOBTs limits will wipeout London bookmakers

Speaking to The Evening Standard on the opening day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen has warned the UK government that stringent limits on fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs) could force the closure of bookmakers and risk a significant number of job losses. UK bookmakers await the publication of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) official industry …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Not only changed licensing fees but also a new type of licence

In his January 3rd posting “Gambling Commission justifies remote licence fee increases” Andy McCarron MD of SBC referred to the changes to the Commission’s annual fee structure that will come into effect from April this year. Those changes were announced in the DCMS “Proposals for Gambling Commission fees from April 2017 – consultation response” document that was published just prior …

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DCMS existing levy to continue in 2017/18 – just in case

The Department of Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) has informed that the provisions of the current Horserace Racing Betting Levy will be rolled over into 2017/18 as no progress has been made on the terms of a new levy scheme. Updating industry and racing stakeholders, Karen Bradley Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport announced the government’s decision to continue …

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David Clifton – Strengthening social responsibility (again)!

Clifton Davies co-founder David Clifton has a look at the increasing regulatory scrutiny on the gambling industry and warns there may be more to come.  My “Licensing Expert” article last month posed the question whether a regulatory crackdown on gambling advertising was around the corner. We now know at least part of the answer. The Department for Culture Media & …

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UK gambling operators set for record advertising spend in 2016

The amount spent by UK gambling operators on TV advertising campaigns is set to reach a record £123.4 million in 2016 if trends continue from the first five months of the year. The figure, compiled by media analysts Nielsen for the Guardian, would represent a 52% increase from 2012. However, it is likely that this estimated figure may even be …

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May appoints ‘loyalist’ Karen Bradley as Secretary of Culture, Media & Sport

New UK Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed Karen Bradley as the new Secretary of Culture, Media & Sport replacing John Whittingdale who will no longer hold a Conservative Party cabinet position. Bradley, the former Home Office minister has been described as a ‘May Loyalist’, and will now lead the Department for Culture Media & Sports (DCMS) ensuring UK media …

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