ASA Report: Too close for comfort - A look into the Advertising Standards Authority and the case for more controls on advertising

New report exposes failures of advertising regulator, ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has come under fire for weak and slow enforcement of advertising rules, and for being in the pockets of the ad industry, in a new report out this week. The hard-hitting report analyses data on complaints to the ASA, revealing that only 22% of complained-about adverts are investigated and only…Continue reading New report exposes failures of advertising regulator, ASA

Digital billboard application receives over 200 objections from local residents

Update 4th March 2021: This planning application has been rejected by the planning officers at Bristol City Council. Over 240 objections were submitted. The planning officer noted: “The proposed advertisement, by virtue of its excessive size, illuminated nature and overall design, siting and appearance would represent a prominent and incongruous, poor quality, visually intrusive addition…Continue reading Digital billboard application receives over 200 objections from local residents

Adfree Cities conference 2020 speakers first session

Our #AdfreeCities conference 2020

In November 2020, Adfree Cities hosted the UK’s second annual anti-advertising conference. (More info and copies of presentations here.) We heard from several exciting organisations that are campaigning for spaces free from the deceptive messages of corporate advertising.  These included climate charity Possible and thinktank the New Weather Institute who have launched their Badvertising campaign…Continue reading Our #AdfreeCities conference 2020

Campaigners reject HSBC’s ‘net-zero ambition’, targeting billboards over ‘climate colonialism’

Activists in 10 UK cities have covered billboards and bus stops with spoof HSBC adverts, accusing HSBC of ‘climate colonialism’ and demanding the bank end its financing of fossil fuels, detention centres and climate destruction. Over 250 billboards, bus stops and tube ads featuring HSBC advertisements have been hijacked (IMAGES HERE), including in London and…Continue reading Campaigners reject HSBC’s ‘net-zero ambition’, targeting billboards over ‘climate colonialism’

Michele Curtis - creator of Seven Saints of St Pauls, Bristol

Virtual street art tour of St Pauls to feature in second annual Adfree Cities conference

St Pauls in Bristol will be one of four locations around the UK playing ‘virtual’ host to the Adfree Cities national conference. The free half-day conference, next Saturday 7th November, is organised by members of local campaigning group Adblock Bristol. Anyone can register to attend for free at https://adfreecities.org.uk/conference2020  Michele Curtis of the Iconic Black…Continue reading Virtual street art tour of St Pauls to feature in second annual Adfree Cities conference