Despite strict rules that govern the airing of gambling ads on tv, the Cartoon Network made a huge faux pas recently when it mistakenly aired an ad for British bookmaker Coral throughout a broadcast regarding the children's television channel.
The controversial advertisement had been aired on Turner Broadcasting's Boomerang channel plus the Cartoon Network, sparking outrage as the broadcast code strictly forbids the marketing of gambling 'in or adjacent to programs commissioned for, principally directed at, or more likely to appeal particularly to audiences below the age of 18 years,' therefore heads were positively tumbling when the broadcast clearly broke these rules.
The station may have possibly been forgiven for their 'serious breach' of this rules had the advertisement aired just once, but the advertising was broadcast nine times for a Saturday morning back in May with this year, that is primetime viewing for kiddies kick-starting some cartoon antics to their weekend.
The Advertising guidelines Agency says that Turner Broadcasting has 'apologized unreservedly' for the hiccup, and has explained that the ad was broadcast, repeatedly, in error.
Action Figure Used
But just what's worse is that the Coral advertising actually involved one of kid's most beloved all-time favorite figures and Marvel Comics hero, the Incredible Hulk. This just provided more ammunition to those who claim that gambling promotion obje