Tag Archives: Michael Dugher

Betway grants derby assets to BGC for highest exposure of ‘Take Time to Think’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) aims for the highest Premier League exposure of its new ‘Take Time to Think’ campaign, promoting safer gambling tools and responsible conduct.    This Sunday, the campaign has been granted Betway’s entire London Stadium sponsorship assets as Premier League partner West Ham United plays its fierce London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. UK gambling’s new headline …

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BGC initiates ‘Take Time to Think’ campaign to replace ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has replaced its long-running ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’ campaign with a new safer gambling slogan, ‘Take Time to Think’. A series of TV advertisements depicting customers paying mid-play before considering the use of safer gambling tools will kickstart the campaign, the messaging of which will be adopted across operator’s online and retail channels. …

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Chris Philp appointed gambling minister as reshuffle continues

The latest development in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has seen Chris Philp named the new Gambling Minister, replacing John Whittingdale. Although the new appointee’s responsibilities have not yet been disclosed, it has been confirmed that he will oversee the continuation of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act following Whitingdale’s dismissal last week. Philp’s first act as Gambling Minister was …

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Whittingdale exits DCMS as gambling awaits Ministerial re-assignment

John Whittingdale, the DCMS minister overseeing the review of the 2005 Gambling Act, has been removed from his position in PM Boris Johnson’s latest cabinet reshuffle. The minister will be returning the backbenches, and will allegedly be replaced by former Cabinet Office Parliamentary Secretary Julia Lopez, MP for the Greater London constituency of Hornchurch and Upminster. Despite her promotion to …

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Michael Dugher: Gambling ads not singled out by consumers

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The viewing public find advertising to be ‘annoying’ in general, not gambling advertising in particular, according to Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) Chief Executive Michael Dugher. Writing in parliamentary magazine The House, the BGC CEO, and former Shadow Secretary of State for the DCMS, criticised ‘prohibitionists from the anti-gambling lobby’, although acknowledged that the industry is ‘reassured’ by the ‘evidence-based …

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BGC announces support for 5,000 new apprenticeships

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has detailed its role in the UK’s post-COVID economic recovery plan, with plans to invest in apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people. Under its plans, the BGC and its members have pledged to launch 5,000 apprenticeships for young people looking to work in the British betting and gaming industry between now and 2025.  …

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Betting shops act as top performers on ID verification

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) has stood by the record of UK betting shops in preventing the participation and engagement of under-18s. Findings published by independent analysts Serve Legal revealed betting shops as ‘top of the league’ with regards to verifying customer ages – outperforming UK convenience stores, supermarkets and petrol stations. The results were carried out by Serve …

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BGC pledges to ‘maintain momentum’ on safer betting ahead of football restart

As the new English football season gets underway this evening, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has pledged to ‘maintain the momentum’ on safer betting and player protection initiatives. This will include the continuation of measures, aimed at ensuring safe betting and protecting younger audiences, such as a pre-9pm watershed whistle-to-whistle ban on TV betting advertising from five minutes before …

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BGC welcomes Snapchat gambling ad opt-out feature

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has issued a statement welcoming a new feature added to social media platform Snapchat that enables users to opt out of gambling-related advertising. Snapchat developer Snap has been ‘working closely’ with the betting industry trade association over the past year, and intends to use the feature to give its customers greater control over the …

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Betting adverts cut by 47% during Euro 2020

The number of television betting adverts shown on ITV during the 2020 UEFA European Championships has reduced by almost half compared to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, new figures have shown. According to data released by the broadcaster, a total of 85 such ads appeared on ITV and ITV4 during the Euro 2020 group stages – 47% less than the 161 betting adverts shown on …

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