HFSS Advertising Update
On Monday, the Government announced plans to introduce a 9pm watershed for TV and online HFSS adverts as part of its new obesity strategy and will publish a full consultation response on this by the end of the year. The Government also wants to go further and will publish a short consultation on introducing a total HFSS advertising restriction online. The intention is to implement both TV and online measures at the same time by the end of 2022.
As you can imagine, this has been a key focus for us this week. Responding on behalf of industry, we have spoken with DCMS and made our views clear regarding the ineffectiveness of these measures and we have also been working with other trade associations in the advertising and food and drink sectors, ISBA, IPA, FDF, BSDA and IAB to coordinate a unified and robust response to media. You can read our full statement here. This has been carried by the BBC, the Washington Post, The Drum, Campaign, The Grocer and Mediatel among others. Our Public Affairs Director, Sue Eustace, also appeared on Radio 5 Live’s Wake up to Money (listen at 34:19), as well as LBC, Sky News, and ITV News debating with Action on Sugar.
Yesterday morning we also held a briefing on the proposals for 50 colleagues from across our Front Foot membership to give them an overview of how matters stand, as well as next steps for Government and industry. Representatives from ISBA and the IPA also joined the call to offer their perspective. Please contact Matthew Evans if you’d like to know more.
AA/WARC ADSPEND FIGURES FOR Q1 2020
On Thursday we published the latest AA/WARC Expenditure Report for Q1 2020. The latest figures show that UK adspend is predicted to fall 15.6% year-on-year in 2020 to £21.4bn, which is a slight improvement on the drop of 16.7% forecast in April. New figures for Q1 2020 show total adspend rose 2.9% year-on-year to reach £6.4bn, just as the COVID-19 crisis was beginning to take hold.
These stark figures reinforce our call for a tax incentive scheme for our industry and the need for Government to continue to work with us to boost confidence in the economy and among consumers. We’re also emphasising that further regulatory interventions, such as those announced earlier this week on HFSS advertising, may weigh heavily on the recovery both for advertising and the economy more widely.
To read the full release head over to our website here. The figures have been covered in various outlets such as Little Black Book, Mediatel, and Mobile Marketing. Our President, Keith Weed, also spoke with The Times and Campaign on the figures.
AA AND ISBA ANNOUNCE JOINT EVENT
For the first time, we will be co-hosting a special half-day conference at the QEII Centre, Westminster that will also be live streamed.
This unique moment in the 2021 calendar, replacing the AA’s LEAD and ISBA’s Annual Conference, will be the place for our industry’s leaders to gather and debate the opportunities and challenges for the year ahead. Advertisers, media owners, agencies and tech platforms as well as stakeholders in our industry from across Government are all invited to look at how UK advertising is dealing with the repercussions of COVID-19, how we can deliver on our mission to rebuild public trust in advertising and how we develop our position as a hub for world-class advertising. Join the teams of ISBA and the Advertising Association as the industry sets out its agenda for a year where UK advertising will have a pivotal role to play in the country’s social and economic recovery.
A full speaker line-up will be published over the coming weeks but, for now, please register your interest here and save the date of January 28, 2021. We’re very much looking forward to seeing you all! You can watch the showreels from LEAD 2020 here and ISBA Annual Conference 2020 here. Please contact email@example.com with any queries.
ADVERTISING WEEK 2020
We are a partner of AW2020, which having been postponed from April, will be held virtually over 8 days from 29 September and will incorporate six global markets. Expect a focus on getting back to business, purpose-driven connections, and global scale mixed with local reach.
Great minds think unalike. But now we must think together. Find out more here.
AD PAYS 8 – THE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
As we begin to ease out of lockdown we are seeing a shift in the work produced by our industry which is reflective of this. The Covid-19 category on our Ad Pays 8 hub, which is a showcase for ads that have had a positive contribution to society, shows the journey we’ve all been on, up to present time, through creativity. This week, read about how local news titles launched a variety of campaigns to support local businesses here.
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