Earlier today (6 June), a Government-commissioned report from Mothers’ Union chief executive Reg Bailey called for advertising watchdogs to limit the number of billboards containing risqué images placed near schools, a recommendation backed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Guy Parker, chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, told Marketing Week that work needs to be done to establish a framework for judging ads that are sexually suggestive.
He adds that a recent “responsibility deal” between the alcohol industry and Government that will see a ban on billboards for drinks brands appearing within 100m of schools is “black and white” but Bailey’s proposal is “not nearly as clear cut”.
“There is a potential for inconsistency because one poster company might have a different opinion to another”, he adds.
Parker says he will work with the Outdoor Media Centre on implementing the changes.
In a statement, the OMC agreed that implementation could be difficult.
“A key issue is the matter of what constitutes a sexualised image. Without evidence based research, it is hard to provide very clear guidelines to creatives at agencies and to the advertisers themselves”.