Connect with us


UK Charity Leader Criticizes BGC for Comments Made to Select Committee



Julie Bentley, the CEO of the British and Irish support organization Samaritans, has criticized Michael Dugher, the CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), for allegedly misconstruing the charity’s stance to downplay the association between gambling addiction and suicide.

Dugher had referenced the Samaritans’ statement that “suicide is complex” during a testimony to the UK government’s Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee in response to questions about the tragic suicide of Luke Ashton. However, the Samaritans responded by highlighting that the coroner in the Ashton case had identified a “gambling disorder” as one of the contributing factors to his death.

Bentley expressed her disappointment, drawing parallels between the tactics used by Dugher and those seen in the tobacco industry. She emphasized that while the causes behind suicide are multifaceted, the connection between gambling-related harms and suicide risk cannot be ignored.

The BGC has refuted the accusation, asserting that Dugher was directly quoting the Samaritans’ public guidelines on suicide reporting, without adding his own interpretation. They further clarified that Dugher acknowledged the coroner’s findings in Mr. Ashton’s case during his testimony.


Samaritans, which has an ongoing program focused on suicide and gambling-related harms, urges BGC members to prioritize safety even before new regulations are established.

Echoing the Samaritans’ concerns, Gambling with Lives, a charity founded by families affected by gambling-related suicides, also condemned Dugher’s remarks. The charity’s director, Will Prochaska, lauded the Samaritans for its steadfast stance in exposing the gambling industry’s potential role in such tragic outcomes.

Jerome, a valuable addition to the Gamingo.News team, brings with him extensive journalistic experience in the iGaming sector. His interest in the industry was sparked during his college years when he participated in local poker tournaments, eventually leading to his exposure to the burgeoning world of online poker and casino rooms. Jerome now utilizes his accumulated knowledge to fuel his passion for journalism, providing the team with the latest online scoops.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Gamingo.News stands as a premier digital destination dedicated to delivering top-tier news and insights in the gaming and gambling industry. This specialized media outlet garners the attention of over 120,000 readers each month, providing them with engaging content, current news, and in-depth analyses.
The platform offers extensive coverage of various facets of the gaming world, including both online and brick-and-mortar gaming, wagering, esports, updates on regulations and compliance, as well as technological innovations. Regular content includes daily news stories, press releases, unique interviews, and comprehensive reports on events.
Moreover, Gamingo.News organizes webinars pertinent to the industry and offers detailed reports, establishing itself as a comprehensive information source for those interested in learning about gaming market operators, suppliers, regulators, and professional services. The portal's main objective is to keep its large audience informed about the latest news, trends, and developments in the gaming and gambling sectors. It focuses particularly on the European igaming market but also covers significant global news, proving to be an invaluable tool for gaming professionals, operators, and enthusiasts.

For inquiries, reach out at:

For editorial or PR submissions, contact:

Copyright © 2024 Gamingo.News.