The Australian Communications and Media Authority Finds Nine and Ten Networks Breaching Broadcast License Conditions Over Interactive Gambling Ads
Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 12, 2010
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that a number of Nine Network and Ten Networks’ licensees breached a condition of their commercial television broadcasting licences by broadcasting advertisements promoting interactive gambling services, in contravention of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA).
‘These are the ACMA’s first investigations into advertisements prohibited under the Interactive Gambling Act,’ said ACMA Chairman, Mr Chris Chapman, ‘All providers of television, radio and datacasting services need to ensure sure they are fully aware of and comply with their obligations under the IGA.’
‘Interactive gambling services’ include services that are often described as ‘online casinos’ and usually involve using the internet to play games of chance, or games of mixed chance and skill. Examples include roulette, poker, craps, online ‘pokies’ and blackjack. The IGA targets the providers of interactive gambling services and makes it an offence to provide certain services to a customer in Australia. It also prohibits the broadcasting and publication of advertisements for interactive gambling services.
The ACMA adopts a graduated approach to compliance and enforcement and has taken into account that these are the first investigations relating to the broadcast of prohibited advertisements under the IGA. Both networks have agreed to measures intended to increase awareness of the IGA, including staff training and education. In this regard, the networks will provide periodic reports of this training to the ACMA.
More information about the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 is available on the website of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
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