Geordie Shore stars investigated for gambling ‘ads’

Three Geordie Shore stars are being investigated by the UK’s advertising watchdog for apparently promoting gambling websites.

BBC Radio 5 live has discovered that Gary Beadle, Scott Timlin and Aaron Chalmers do not say their social media posts are adverts.

The Advertising Standards Authority said this was a potential breach of advertising rules.

Gary Beadle, Scott Timlin, Aaron Chalmers

Beadle, Timlin and Chalmers did not respond to requests for comment.

Gary ‘Gaz’ Beadle, ‘Scotty T’ Timlin and Aaron Chalmers have a combined 15.3 million followers across all the various social media platforms.

Their posts advertise appealing odds on sports fixtures and encourage followers to link to betting websites Coral and Ladbrokes.

New customers sign up to get more free bets, and give their email and bank details to open an online account.

Ladbrokes Coral confirmed the men are so-called “affiliates” who are paid commissions if users sign up to a betting account through their social media sites.

Resource by: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44071500

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