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Major threats to recorded and live music venues alike

There have been two recent developments worthy of comment, each of which present major threats to recorded and live music venues alike. 1  PPL SFE Tariff Music licensing company PPL has published details of its new Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) tariff, coming into effect on 1 July 2019. This follows a consultation on which we have: […]

See you at Betting on Football, 20 & 21 March 2019

David Clifton looks forward to seeing clients, contacts and friends in the gambling industry, old and new, at the 6th edition of SBC Events’ Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge, London tomorrow, 20 March, and on Thursday, 21 March. Day 1: Wednesday 20 March Tomorrow David will be moderating two panel sessions. 1  “Sponsorship and […]

FOBT Final Stage Impact Assessment published

As previously reported by us: pursuant to The Gaming Machine (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocation) Regulations 2018, made on 20 December 2018, the stake reduction on FOBTs/B2 gaming machines from £100 to £2 will come into force on 1 April 2019 and the legislative context and policy background is set out in an Explanatory Memorandum (and accompanying Impact Assessment). […]

Controversial ASA ruling against Sky Bet TV ad

The Advertising Standards Authority ruled last week that an August 2018 TV advert promoting Sky Bet’s “Request a Bet” service, fronted by the Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, “gave customers an unrealistic and exaggerated perception of the level of control they would have over the outcome of a bet and that could lead to irresponsible gambling behaviour”. The […]

Preparation for the next UK National Lottery competition gathers pace

As reported on its website, on 16 November 2018 the Gambling Commission began its initial, global market engagement to hear from businesses and investors interested in the UK National Lottery, when the current licence comes to an end in 2023. The Commission’s CEO, Neil McArthur, talked in a blog published on the same day about the next competition […]

David Clifton to chair Player Protection Forum on 22 May 2019

With ongoing calls from the Gambling Commission for greater collaboration between operators in all gambling sectors in order “to rebuild consumer and public trust, to build a future for this industry with strong foundations based upon fairness and safety”, the next conference from KnowNow – entitled “Player Protection Forum” and taking place in London on 22 May 2019 […]

Howard League announces Commission on Crime & Problem Gambling

The Howard League for Penal Reform has announced the launch of a new project in the form of a Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling that will run for three years and aim to answer the following questions: What are the links between crime and problem gambling? What impact does this link have on communities and society? What […]

Changes to protection of customer funds rating system come into effect on 29 April 2019

In December 2018 the Gambling Commission published an informal consultation on proposed amendments to the protection of customer funds rating system with a stated aim to “promote greater transparency and ensure consumers are empowered to make fully informed choices about their gambling”. That consultation ended on 14 January 2019. The Commission has now published its response, […]

Gambling Related Harm APPG invites evidence on online gambling harms

The newly formed Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) announced on 12 February 2019 that it was undertaking an inquiry into the harms caused by online gambling. In its press release (that can be downloaded below) it said: The inquiry will examine the full impact of online gambling, the addictive and potentially harmful nature […]

Gambling Commission and HMRC “formalise” MSB supervision agreement

The Gambling Commission has announced on its website that it has formalised its existing agreement with HM Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) to reflect changes brought by recent money laundering legislation. In so doing, it states as follows: The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (MLR 2017), sets out the […]