Sky’s pledge to limit the number of gambling adverts it broadcasts has been given a qualified welcome from the gambling industry, albeit one which reflected the differing views on the subject within the sector.

From the start of the next Premier League season in 2019, Sky Sports will allow a maximum of one gambling advert per commercial break – down from the current four when the likes of bingo and poker are included.

The broadcaster is also planning to enable viewers to block gambling advertising when watching on the Sky and Virgin Media TV platforms from June 2020 across more than 140 channels, including Sky Sports.

Sky’s UK and Ireland chief executive Stephen van Rooyen said the company had taken the action because they understood viewer concerns about gambling adverts.

He added:

“Thanks to regulation TV has long been a safe space, and these changes will make it even safer. But there is still a real danger online and there will be until online platforms are regulated as tightly as TV.”

Gambling advertising, especially around live sport, has become an increasingly hotly debated issue, with the Labour Party calling for a “whistle-to-whistle” ban on ads during live sport.

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Notes to editors

About the Senet Group

The Senet Group seeks to raise standards in the gambling sector through best practice and other partnership initiatives and to promote responsible gambling through a campaign of broadcast, print and digital advertising and player messaging.

The most recent survey of the reach and impact of the “When the Fun stops, Stop” campaign can be found at: http://senetgroup.org.uk/responsible-gambling-campaigning-works-sustained-consistent-tuned-audience/