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UK Racing urges industry to heed Government’s COVID-19 advice

British Racing’s COVID-19 Steering Group has urged the racing industry to heed the Government’s advice regarding the recent coronavirus outbreak, following the appropriate guidance published on Tuesday 3rd March. According to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), British racing has been in regular contact with DCMS and DEFRA over the past two weeks to keep them informed of the racing’s industry’s …

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UKGC and DCMS need to ‘be more strategic’ with gambling regulation, says NAO report

The National Audit Office (NAO) has suggested that the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) should be ‘incentivising companies to do more to make gambling safer beyond meeting minimum requirements’.  The report, which primarily looks at the ways in which the gambling industry is regulated, suggested that the UKGC and DCMS should ‘be …

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Winning Post: UK gambling sleep walks into a review of stakes & prizes

Regulus Partners analyses the events of what could become a defining week for UK gambling, as an under-pressure Gambling Commission commits to a review of stakes and prizes, whilst the conservative government appoints its eighth DCMS leader. _______________________ When the story of the prohibition of gambling in Great Britain comes to be written, this week’s events in Parliament may well …

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Cabinet reshuffle points to a National Lottery tender delay

Foreign and domestic bidding parties seeking to compete in the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) 2020 National Lottery tender have been frustrated following news reports of likely delays. This week, the Financial Times reported that the UKGC had not issued its ‘procurement questionnaire’ to bidding parties, a key tender procedure which was meant to be sanctioned at the start of February. …

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Michael Dugher – Deeper collaboration can fix gambling inconsistencies

Michael Dugher, the new Chief Executive of Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has stated that the ‘single industry’ representative body is determined to work with the government in its imminent review of the 2005 Gambling Act. Writing an open letter in Parliamentary news source ‘’PoliticsHome.com’, Dugher underlines that collaboration between the industry and Westminster can deliver the most effective and …

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DCMS to judge whether football needs to blackout betting

Nigel Adams, the UK Minister for Sports and Digital (DCMS), has stated that ‘football’s link with betting’ will form a key part of the government’s ‘imminent review’ of the 2005 Gambling Act. Interviewed by BBC Sport, Adams detailed concerns on football being ‘too dependent’ on gambling sponsorships, as the DCMS Minister outlined the government’s agenda for UK sports. Adams revealed …

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‘More needs to be done’ to future-proof the regulation of football betting, says Tracey Crouch

Former Minister for Sport and Civil Society (DCMS), Tracey Crouch, has weighed in on the recent debate surrounding the streaming rights for FA Cup games, arguing that Parliament has a duty to implement future-proof regulation while also ‘allowing those who gamble responsibly the freedom to continue’. The Conservative MP expressed her opinion in Parliament’s magazine The House, addressing the ‘cross-party …

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DCMS praises ‘constructive talks’ with FA over streaming rights

Ministers from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have held ‘constructive discussions’ with the Football Association (FA) regarding the ongoing debate over streaming rights. In a statement, Minister for Sport Media and Communications Nigel Adams explained that no games will be streamed exclusively through gambling operators from this year’s fourth round. He explained: “The FA have confirmed …

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BHA seeks new CEO as Rust confirms 2020 leadership departure

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has begun its search for a new leader, after Nick Rust confirmed that he will end his Chief Executive tenure at the end of the year. A former Ladbrokes executive, Rust was appointed BHA CEO in November 2014, becoming British horseracing’s first leadership appointment from the betting sector. Upon taking charge of the BHA, Rust was …

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UKGC confirms credit card ban inbound for 14 April 2020

Neil McArthur

Issuing its first regulatory enforcement of 2020, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed that it has sanctioned its widely anticipated ban on credit card transactions carried across all UK gambling verticals. The Commission plans to implement its credit card ban from 14 April 2020, giving licensed incumbents three months to undertake all necessary adjustments. Citing that UK …

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