Uwe Conradt, the director of Landesmedienanstalt Saarland (LMS), the German state’s supervisory authority for radio and television have accused Scheswig-Holstein licensed operators of flouting authority for radio and television and accused Scheswig-Holstein licensed operators of flouting advertising restrictions saying that they had endangered efforts to tackle gambling addiction.
Conradt said that operators were flouting advertising restrictions by broadcasting through national channels even though their products are legal in Schleswig-Holstein only.
Conradt said that many operators were flouting existing advertising restrictions by broadcasting via national channels, despite the fact their products are legal only in Schleswig-Holstein.
“Schleswig-Holstein has pledged to limit the advertising of gambling products after renewing its online casino licences,” Conradt said. He said that operators were meant to ensure they only promoted their offerings via regional media, rather than through nationwide channels.
“Yet a few weeks after the renewal of [the state’s] licenses, there is no evidence of these limits,” he said. “The LMS will not stand idly by when the goal of combatting gambling addiction is massively endangered by Schleswig-Holstein alone.”
Conradt added that operators often advertised at times when minors were watching, and on private broadcasters that attracted a younger audience.
Germany is in the process of introducing the third amended State Treaty on Gambling, though this faced criticism from the European Commission in August. The treaty is intended to act as a stopgap to last until 2021, when a new, more comprehensive regulatory framework is to be implemented.