William Hill fined £6.2m over money laundering failures by Gambling Commission

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(qlmbusinessnews.com via news.sky.com– Tue, 20 Feb, 2018) London, Uk – –

Ten customers were allowed to deposit large sums of money linked to criminal offences, the Gambling Commission said.

William Hill has been fined £6.2m by regulators over money laundering and problem gambling failures.

It is the second biggest penalty ever levied by the Gambling Commission and the largest in relation to money laundering.

The regulator said 10 customers were allowed to deposit large sums of money linked to criminal offences.

It said William Hill did not seek information about the source of the funds or establish whether they were problem gamblers.

The commission said senior management at William Hill “failed to mitigate risks and have sufficient numbers of staff to ensure their anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes were effective”.

Gambling Commission executive director Neil McArthur said: “This was a systemic failing at William Hill which went on for nearly two years and today’s penalty package reflects the seriousness of the breaches.

“Gambling businesses have a responsibility to ensure that they keep crime out of gambling and tackle problem gambling – and as part of that they must be constantly curious about where the money they are taking is coming from.”

The regulator identified failures taking place between November 2014 and August 2016.

On one occasion, a customer who was funding his gambling habit by stealing from his employer was allowed to deposit £541,000 over 14 months.

An operator had made the assumption, after a chat with the customer, that he was earning as much as £365,000 a year – when in fact he was on a salary of £30,000, the commission said.

In another instance, a customer deposited £653,000 over 18 months, during which he triggered an “amber risk” alert which should have seen his file passed to managers for review.

This did not occur due to a “systems failure” and the customer was allowed to gamble for a further six months despite continuing to activate financial alerts, the regulator said.

William Hill will pay a penalty of £5m plus return £1.2m – the amount it gained through the rule breaches – to people affected by crime linked to the breaches.

Chief executive Philip Bowcock said the company had fully cooperated with the commission and introduced “new and improved policies and increased levels of resourcing” as well as launching an independent review of its processes.

He added: “We are fully committed to operating a sustainable business that properly identifies risk and better protects customers.”

Online gambling firm 888 was handed a £7.8m penalty last year for “significant flaws” in its safeguarding of customers.

By John-Paul Ford Rojas, Business Reporter



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Manchester United undisputed world’s richest top earning football club


(qlmbusinessnews.com via news.sky.com– Tue,23 Jan, 2018) London, Uk – –

An annual money league sees Jose Mourinho’s United side being chased down for the top spot by Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Manchester United have retained their crown as the word’s leading football club for revenue generation, according to an annual league table.

According to the Money League, compiled by Deloitte, the club is being chased down by the two richest sides in Spain – with Real Madrid overtaking Barcelona in the chasing pack in the 2016/17 rankings.

The league is determined by revenue generation, with United netting £581.2m over the 12 months compared to £515.3m in the previous season.

The report said winning European football’s second-tier club championship, the Europa League, was “critical” to Jose Mourinho’s side coming out on top for a second year as they picked up €44.5m from UEFA in the process.

Real won both the Champions League and La Liga titles in the season – helping them leapfrog rivals Barca to achieve revenues of £579.7m and £557.1m respectively.

All the top 20 clubs are European but Premier League sides dominate – largely a result of broadcast revenues from the three-year £5.1bn TV rights deal with Sky, the owner of Sky News, and BT.

Manchester City and Arsenal were 5th and 6th while Chelsea and Liverpool also featured. The are 10 Premier League sides in the top 20.

Deloitte said the gulf of just £1.5m between the top two clubs was the smallest recorded by its team.

Combined revenue for the top 20 sides grew 6% to a new record sum of €7.9bn (£6.94bn).

Dan Jones, a partner in Deloitte’s Sports Business group, said: “European football continues to flourish financially, with almost half a billion euro of revenue growth for the top 20 Money League clubs.

“United’s ability to retain first position is all the more impressive against the backdrop of the weakened pound against the euro, and with both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona forecasting further revenue growth in 2017/18, the battle at the top will likely come down to on-pitch performance again next year.

“With all three clubs through to the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, it may be as simple as the club that goes furthest in the competition will have the best chance of topping the Money League next year.”

:: The top 20 clubs as determined by revenue in 2016/17:

:: 1 Manchester United £581.2m
:: 2 Real Madrid 579.7m
:: 3 FC Barcelona £557.1m
:: 4 Bayern Munich £505.1m
:: 5 Manchester City £453.5m
:: 6 Arsenal £419m
:: 7 Paris Saint-Germain £417.8m
:: 8 Chelsea £367.8m
:: 9 Liverpool £364.5m
:: 10 Juventus £348.6m
:: 11 Tottenham Hotspur £305.6m
:: 12 Borussia Dortmund £285.8m
:: 13 Atletico de Madrid £234.2m
:: 14 Leicester City £233m
:: 15 Internazionale £225.2m
:: 16 Schalke 04 £197.8m
:: 17 West Ham United £183.3m
:: 18 Southampton £182.3m
:: 19 Napoli £172.5m
:: 20 Everton £171.2m

By James Sillars, Business Reporter

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The multi-coloured structure, which was completed on Wednesday (December 27), took two weeks and more than 500,000 plastic blocks to build.

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Cineworld to buy Regal in £2.7bn deal making them second largest cinema operator


(qlmbusinessnews.com via independent.co.uk – – Tue, 5 Dec 2017) London, Uk – –

Cineworld has announced that it is snapping up its US peer Regal for $3.6bn (£2.7bn), turning the British company into the second largest cinema operator in the world, with over 9,500 screens.

In a statement on Tuesday, Cineworld said that the deal would create a globally diversified cinema operator, spanning ten countries and would allow Cineworld to access the North American cinema market – which is the largest box office market in the world.

The US cinema market has had an industry box office worth in excess of $10bn in each year since 2008 and stable admissions in excess of 1.25 billion in each year over the same period, Cineworld said.

“We have long had high respect for Regal and for its strong position in the largest box office market in the world and we are delighted that the Regal directors have unanimously agreed to recommend our offer to their shareholders,” said Mooky Greindinger, chief executive of Cineworld.

“Consolidation is an important move forward and the best practice we have successfully rolled out across Europe will be the key driver to continued success,” he added.

Amy Miles, CEO of Regal, said that she believes the transaction “provides compelling value for our stockholders”.

“We believe this partnership with Cineworld will enhance Regal’s ability to deliver a premium movie-going experience for customers and further build upon our strategy of introducing innovative concepts and premium amenities designed to enhance the value of our theatre assets,” she said.

Cineworld was founded in 1995. It was originally a private company but re-registered as a public company in May 2006 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in May 2007.

On Tuesday it said that it expects the deal to be “strongly accretive to earnings” in the first full year following completion of the transaction, which will be 2019.

The deal will be funded by a rights issue, which will raise approximately £1.7bn, and a debt issue.

Because of the size of the acquisition, Cineworld said that it will be classed as a reverse takeover under the listing rules of the Financial Conduct Authority. As such it will be conditional on the approval of Cineworld’s shareholders at a general meeting which is expected to take place in February next year.

Cineworld added, however, that board intends to unanimously recommend the deal.  The directors of Cineworld also intend to vote in favour of it, the group added.

Separately, Cineworld said that the Anschutz Corporation, which controls about 67 per cent of the voting rights in Regal, has agreed to provide its written consent to approve the takeover.

By Josie Cox

Channel 4 to compete with digital ad giants Facebook and Google

(qlmbusinessnews.com via telegraph.co.uk – – Tue, 14 Nov, 2017) London, Uk – –

Channel 4 has teamed up with three European commercial broadcasters to book pan-European advertising campaigns, allowing it to take on digital ad giants Facebook and Google for the first time.

The European Broadcaster Exchange, which comprises of Channel 4, Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1, France’s FT1 and Mediaset, which operates in Italy and Spain, will launch early next year.

Each of the parties will hold a 25pc stake in the new joint venture, which will compete for pan-European digital advertising campaigns, running those campaigns across their “on-demand” online streaming services.

Channel 4 said the venture allows it to “enter the pan-European digital ad sales market for the first time”.

The broadcaster, home to The Great British Bake Off and First Dates, last year saw its digital revenues rise 25pc on 2015. It said its on-demand platform, All 4, now had 16m registered viewers, of which more than half are in the 16-34 age category.

However, as both Facebook and Google continue to eat up more of the digital advertising market, currently accounting for more than half the UK’s market, more traditional media players are seeking new ways to attract advertisers.

Research from eMarketer in September showed the Silicon Valley firms were together expected to attract £6.3bn of UK advertising spend this year, and even more next year.

However, in recent months, both Facebook and Google have been subject to criticism for running adverts paid for by Russian agents to influence the US presidential election. Earlier this year, a number of brands pulled adverts from Google’s YouTube video site after their ads appeared alongside extremist content.

Speaking about the new venture, Channel 4’s head of digital & partnership innovation, Jonathan Lewis said the “demand for multi-territory digital ad campaigns in brand safe and transparent environments is increasing as the programmatic video ad market continues to grow exponentially across Europe”.