Gambling ads on TV soar
A change in the law has led to a huge increase in gambling adverts on TV, according to new research.
Statistics compiled by communications watchdog Ofcom found there were 1.39 million gambling adverts on television last year , compared to just 152,000 in 2006.
Adverts for gambling used to be restricted to the national lottery, football pools and bingo halls until a change in the law liberalised the situation in September 2007.
Researchers found the number of adverts rose to more than half-a-million in 2008 after that and continued to climb.
M ore than a third of the adverts shown last year were for bingo (38.3%) with online casino and poker accounting for 29.6% and a quarter (25.6) for lotteries and scratchcards.
Analysts found they accounted for 3.2% of all advertising seen by adult viewers in 2012.