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    15/11/2023
    United Kingdom

    Part 2 of our 7-part series on the First Reading version of the Media Bill – listed events regime revisions

    In this article, we discuss the listed events regime revisions in Part 1 of the First Reading version of the Media Bill, and how they compare with the listed events regime revisions in the draft Media Bill published earlier this year (“draft Bill”).BackgroundWhen the draft Bill was published, we summarised the changes that were proposed in respect of the listed events regime and the impact assessment in relation to the same. We also discussed the recommendations made by the DCMS Select Committee (the “Select Committee”) in their final report on the draft Bill. Now that the...
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    04/08/2023
    United Kingdom

    From Jake Paul to Premier League Managers: the Twitter ads that appeal to young people

    The Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) was relatively active in the gambling industry in July, with two new rulings published in respect of the gambling advertising rules that came into force last year.On 1 October 2022, a new gambling advertising rule was introduced (a summary of which can be read here) which strengthened the obligations on gambling operators to ensure the content of their ads is not appealing to under 18s, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture. At the time, questions were raised as to what a “strong appeal” really means,...
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    04/08/2023
    United Kingdom

    Loot boxes: 11 new principles for an industry-led approach

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (“DCMS”) has welcomed guidance published by the games industry trade body, UK Interactive Entertainment (“Ukie”), that is set to implement industry-led protections for loot boxes.From gambling regulation to industry-led guidanceThe randomised nature of loot boxes has long prompted questions in the UK as to whether they should be regulated as gambling products. In 2019 the DCMS published its Report on Immersive and Addictive Technologies in which it concluded that the sale and purchase of loot boxes should be considered...
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    20/06/2023
    United Kingdom

    Not upheld – Boxer Chris Eubank Jr. considered to be sufficiently adult-oriented

    ASA Ruling on Hillside (UK Sports) ENC t/a bet365In the latest example of the new strong appeal rules in action, on 14 June 2023 the Advertising Standards Authority (the “ASA”) issued a ruling which was not upheld  concerning a promoted tweet for Hillside (UK Sports) ENC (trading as bet365) (“bet365”). The ad in question was found not to be in breach of the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising (“CAP Code”) rules related to gambling when challenged by the ASA as to whether the ad included an individual likely to be of strong appeal to those under 18. The...
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    27/04/2023
    United Kingdom

    Upheld: The strong appeal of “star” footballers

    On 19 April 2023, the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) issued a ruling against BetVictor for featuring two professional footballers deemed to have a strong appeal to under-18s in a paid-for Facebook ad. This ruling is the second to be upheld in respect of the new gambling advertising rules which came into force in October 2022, which strengthened obligations on gambling operators to ensure the content of their ads is not appealing to under 18s. This adds to the ASA’s rulings in respect of football players (following ads for Paddy Power and SkyBet which were not upheld earlier...
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    05/04/2023
    United Kingdom

    Part 7 of our 7-part series on the draft Media Bill – listed events regime revisions and a blow for Leveson

    In this article, as part seven of our seven-part series, we will cover:changes to the listed events regime, which are set out in Part 1 of the draft Media Bill; andPart 7 of the draft Media Bill, which: (i) repeals section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (“Section 40”); (ii) makes several amendments related to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and (iii) sets out the general provisions of the draft Media Bill. Listed events regime revisionsThe current regulatory framework (as set out in the Broadcasting Act 1996) gives the Secretary of State the power to draw up a list...
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