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

Adblock Lambeth battle digital screen on Brixton Road

The newly formed Adblock Lambeth group is fighting a planning application for a digital screen on Brixton Road, South London. Lambeth community (it’s you if you live and/or work in or around Lambeth): help us say no to a new digital billboard in our area. Update 10th March 2021: Lambeth Council have rejected this application….Continue reading Adblock Lambeth battle digital screen on Brixton Road

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

Visual noise or valid communication? Message Recall podcast

Message Recall is a recently launched, ongoing podcast series discussing the history, tactics, and psychology of advertising in public spaces. There are now two 30 minute-long episodes of this groundbreaking and entertaining treat for the ears, available for free online or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Simplecast. Created by members of Adblock Bristol, this podcast…Continue reading Visual noise or valid communication? Message Recall podcast

Adblock Brum vs Birmingham City Council in Birmingham Local Enforcement (BLEP) lockdown showdown

On Saturday 14th October volunteers from Environmentalist group Adblock Birmingham (Brum) wrote to Birmingham City Council and submitted five proposals to be fed into the Birmingham Local Enforcement Plan (BLEP). This document outlines how the council will deal with breaches of planning control and enforcement issues in Birmingham, including Advertising sites. Shockingly, at present planning enforcement is discretionary, not mandatory- which means that the council can choose whether or not to enforce its own rules!…Continue reading Adblock Brum vs Birmingham City Council in Birmingham Local Enforcement (BLEP) lockdown showdown

The ads in Leeds consume as much electricity as … 3,300 people!

If you’ve been walking/biking/driving/existing around the streets of Leeds at night, you have definitely come across illuminated ads: either on bus shelters, big digital billboards, simple 6-sheet on the pavements… And have you ever stopped to think how much electricity is wasted on telling you what to buy and how to be? At AdBlock Leeds,…Continue reading The ads in Leeds consume as much electricity as … 3,300 people!