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The Gambling Commission will be appearing at a specialist seminar on gambling advertising hosted by Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on 26 March to set out for advertisers the proposed changes in the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill (the Bill).

Under the proposed changes all gambling advertisers wishing to advertise to consumers in Great Britain will require a Gambling Commission licence. Earlier this week the Bill was read for a third time in the House of Lords and the changes to the law could take effect as soon as the end of July.

The seminar will provide an outline of the regulatory framework governing gambling advertising and advice on the various key areas covered by CAP and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) advertising codes in the light of a recently published Help Note.

The Gambling Commission’s Senior Manager for Remote Gambling, Paul Morris said:
“The Commission works closely with CAP, BCAP and the ASA and sees this ‘Advice:am Gambling Advertising’ seminar as a first class opportunity to brief gambling advertisers on the changes ahead.”

This seminar is now fully booked. However, ASA are considering whether further seminars might be useful so anyone wishing to attend a future seminar on gambling advertising should email Zoë Kalu at events@asa.org.uk.

Notes to editors

  1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain. 
  2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice.

For further information please contact our press office on (0121) 230 6700 or email communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

Posted on 21 March 2014