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Media Release


Consultation begins on Commercial Radio Code provision on promotion of gambling & betting

Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) today announced that the consultation period on the draft provisions relating to the promotion of gambling and betting odds will commence today.  
The new draft provisions cover the promotion of gambling and betting odds in live sports coverage and will implement a ban on advertising gambling between 5.00am and 8.30pm from 5 minutes before to 5 minutes after the live event.  
Outside of these times, gambling advertising is only allowed during breaks in play.  These changes supplement the existing rules that prohibit the promotion of betting odds during live sport.
The draft provisions are open for comment until Friday 15 December 2017. The provisions are expected to be implemented at the end of March 2018.
The full Commercial Radio Code of Practice underwent an extensive review earlier this year with the new Code registered in March 2017. 
“The commercial radio industry continues to monitor and respond to community safeguards and is committed to providing quality radio in line with the Australian listening public’s needs,” said Ms Joan Warner, chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia.
CRA is the industry body for commercial radio broadcasters in Australia. CRA is conducting the review of the promotion of gambling and betting odds in live sport and invites comments from members of the public. 
Comments can be submitted to Commercial Radio Australia either by post to Codes Review, Commercial Radio Australia, Level 5, 88 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 or email to codes@commercialradio.com.au
All public comments must contain name and address and must be received by 5.00pm on December 15, 2017. 
Full details on the Code Review process can be found here.
Media contact: Melissa Fleming – 0417 499 529 or Judy Shaw – 0418 415 965


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