Third industry body opens consultation on gambling advertising during live sport

The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association is commencing a consultation period in relation to gambling advertisements airing during live sports programs.

ASTRAs move comes just weeks after Commercial Radio Australia and FreeTV announced they were undertaking similar reviews.

Gambling ads may be banned during live sports coverage

Commercial Radio Australia kicked off the round of reviews by opening consultations on draft provisions which could ban advertising gambling during live sporting events from March next year.

The CRA’s draft provisions would prevent gambling advertising from running during live sporting events between 5am and 8:30pm starting from five minutes before to five minutes after the live event.

FreeTV followed the CRA last week with their own consultations on similar regulations.

The three announcements follow an announcement in May which saw the government propose new limits on betting promotions during live sport.

The provisions are part of the Turnbull Government’s media reforms package, which was passed last month.

Peter Tonagh, ASTRA chair, said in a statement: “The new restrictions will provide additional protections at times when children are likely to be watching. Existing restrictions will continue to apply at all other times.

“ASTRA is committed to working with Government to ensure the new Code restrictions meet the Government’s policy intent and provide appropriate community safeguards.”

The draft gambling provisions are open for public comment until December 22.

If approved by the Australian Communications and Media Authority they will be brought into effect in March 2018.


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