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New live-odds ad ban welcomed

For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 4 Aug 2013.

In a win for the NSW Council of Churches, and people at risk of problem gambling, and sports-loving families throughout the nation, the Australian Communication and Media Authority has banned live-odds advertising during sporting matches.

ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said sports fans could now enjoy broadcasts of live sporting events without the “constant intrusion” of gambling promotion.  He said the aim was to “provide appropriate community safeguards.”

Changes to the code of practice include banning promotion of betting odds from the start until the end of play, stopping commentators from promoting betting odds during play, and for half an hour before and after games, and restricting generic gambling ads to before and after play, scheduled breaks in play and when play is suspended.

It remains to be seen how the gambling industry will get around these latest restrictions on its desperate bid to rip more money from the wallets of those who can least afford it.

I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.

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