Waterhouse Invited To Front Gambling Inquiry
Bookmaker Tom Waterhouse has been requested to head a parliamentary inquiry of the gambling in sport promotion. In March, the 30 year old bookie was requested to come before the joint select committee but he refused. He then sent a letter stating that he will not use advertising to intentionally target children.
It has been agreed upon by the committee to delay tabling the advertising report and promotion of sport gambling for Waterhouse to come before another hearing. It has not been decided the time or location of said hearing. It has been admitted by The Nine Network that they have received complaints once Waterhouse came on screen throughout matches to update the betting odds along with voicing his opinion on play. Shane Mattiske, NRL executive, has been reported to state that there was intentional blurring in the lines between the TV commentary team and Waterhouse prior to a rejig ensured there was a definite distinction within the sports betting promotion and the commentary team.
Free TV Australia is requesting commentators and guests be stopped from live odds promotion along with 30 minutes prior to and at the conclusion of each match. These changes to the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice will be openly public until May 20, will decline and control the live odds promotion during the broadcasts. Mr. Waterhouse has been invited to come before a private hearing if he has concerns over the commercially sensitive issues. Waterhouse has the right to decline the attendance of the hearing.
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