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FA tack­ling gam­bling con­cerns

The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has ended all of its spon­sor­ship with gam­bling com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing a four-year deal with Lad­brokes. This fol­lows a three-month re­view by the FA into its re­la­tion­ships with bet­ting com­pa­nies and al­co­hol brands. The stated cause of the re­view is the con­flict be­tween the gov­ern­ing body en­forc­ing reg­u­la­tions on sports bet­ting while tak­ing gam­ing spon­sor­ship. The FA and bet­ting com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Lad­brokes, will con­tinue shar­ing in­for­ma­tion on sus­pect bet­ting pat­terns in or­der to help reg­u­late the game.

Uber fi­nally ad­dress­ing its prob­lems

Uber may be at the cut­ting edge of in­no­va­tion but that can­not ex­cuse a cul­ture where sex­ism and racism are tol­er­ated, so the res­ig­na­tion of co-founder Travis Kalan­ick (pic­tured) as chief ex­ec­u­tive should be wel­comed. In­vestors put pres­sure on the com­pany to in­ves­ti­gate its work­place cul­ture af­ter al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment were raised by for­mer Uber en­gi­neer Su­san Fowler. A 13-page re­port said Uber should im­prove its di­ver­sity, in­clud­ing us­ing a blind CV process in job ap­pli­ca­tions and re­quir­ing at least one wo­man and one eth­nicmi­nor­ity can­di­date to be iden­ti­fied for key po­si­tions.

…AND ONE THING WE DON’T…

Press ri­valry turn­ing ugly Low-level hos­til­i­ties be­tween the Daily Mail and The Guardian have been a fact of me­dia life for decades but the two pub­lish­ers seem to have for­got­ten the old Fleet Street maxim “Dog does not eat dog”. Things have got out of con­trol when the Mail is de­scribed as like “an open sewer” and “the main or­gan of hate speech in Bri­tain” in The Guardian, while the Mail feels it nec­es­sary to run a full-page leader col­umn about The Guardian un­der the head­line “Fake news, the fas­cist Left and the REAL [sic] pur­vey­ors of ha­tred”. News brands need to sup­port each other, not wage war, in a mar­ket where the real en­e­mies are fake news and dig­i­tal plat­forms steal­ing their ad rev­enue.

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