All television and radio adverts for gaming are set to be removed during the Covid-19 lockdown by members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) in a voluntary move by the gambling industry trade body. The measure will run from May 7 to at least
June 5, but in princip lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
Existing advertising slots will be replaced by safer gambling messages, donated to charities or removed from broadcast where contracts permitted.
The UK government has been putting
pressure on the betting industry to do more to protect vulnerable punters during the lockdown. Advertising for sports betting will be reviewed separately
The regulator of Great Britain's gambling industry says that its credit card ban came into force on 14th April 2020.
The ban was announced in January by the Gambling Commission and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), It means that any
consumer gambling of any format will not be able to paid for via credit card. The ban extends to credit card gambling through e-wallets. Note that debut cards can still be used.
The Commission also reminded operators that they can only accept
customer payments via e-wallets if those e-wallets prevent credit card use for gambling.
The Racing Post, horse racing's newspaper, has temporarily suspended publication of its print edition, leaving a number of its journalists temporarily stood down while the operation's news service continues online.
In a letter to readers in Thursday's
edition, Tom Kerr, the Post's editor, says that unfortunately, with racing in Britain and Ireland halted, betting shops closed and our governments urging everyone to stay at home as much as possible, we have been left with no other choice. He added:
However, we will continue to publish on racingpost.com and on the Racing Post mobile app, ensuring that racing professionals, punters and fans of the sport are informed and entertained for however long this shutdown might