ASTRA Kicks Off Consultation Period For New Gambling Ad Restrictions

ASTRA Kicks Off Consultation Period For New Gambling Ad Restrictions
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The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) has announced the commencement of the consultation period on the new draft provisions of the Subscription Television Broadcasting and Narrowcasting Codes of Practice relating to gambling advertising during live sports coverage.

The new provisions further restrict gambling advertising during live sports, following the federal government’s policy decision announced in May 2017.

ASTRA chair and Foxtel boss Peter Tonagh said: “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 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.”

The draft gambling provisions of the code are open for public comment until Friday 22 December. They must be approved by the Australian Communications and Media Authority before they come into effect in March 2018.

ASTRA’s announcement comes after Free TV commenced its own consultation process on Monday.

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