UK Whistle To Whistle Ban Has Public Support (Update)

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Dec 21, 2018

YouGov snap survey reveals

The new Whistle-to-Whistle ban during live sports broadcasts before the 9pm watershed agreed by UK betting firms has received majority support from the public in a snap YouGov survey.

78 percent of respondents support the ban, while 6 percent oppose it. 16 percent fell into the “don’t know” category.

The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) confirmed the adoption of the gambling advertising ban in a statement saying the changes to the Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising is expected to come into force in the UK summer of 2019.

Changes include a ‘whistle to whistle’ ban on all TV betting adverts during pre-watershed live sport, starting five minutes before the event begins, and ending five minutes after it finishes.

Additional measures include an end to betting adverts around highlight shows and re-runs, and an end to pre-watershed bookmaker sponsorship of sports programmes.

The changes will effectively stop betting adverts from being shown in commercial breaks during televised live sport, excluding horse and greyhound racing programmes.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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