INTRODUCTION AND DATING SERVICES

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Notes of Guidance

27. Introduction and dating services

Background
Advertisements are acceptable, subject to rule 10.1.5: Prostitution and Sexual Massage and rule 10.2: Indirect Promotion. Broadcasters should take care to comply with Section 1: Compliance – in particular rule 1.2 on social responsibility and Section 4: Harm and Offence. Services operating through premium-rate telephone and text services are subject to Section 22: Premium-rate Telephone Services and the PhonepayPlus code.

For more information on the PhonepayPlus code go to: www.phonepayplus.org.uk
For information on the Data Protection Act 1998 go to: www.ico.org.uk

Rules

27.1 Radio Central Copy Clearance – Radio broadcasters must ensure advertisements for an introduction or dating agency are centrally cleared.

27.2 All claims relating to matching require substantiation.

27.3 Advertisements must not dwell excessively on loneliness or suggest that people without a partner are inadequate.

27.4 Broadcasters must satisfy themselves that advertisers give customers clear advice on precautions to take when meeting people through an ad for an introduction or dating agency.

27.5 Advertisements for an introduction or dating agency must not have particular appeal to people under 18. See Section 32: Scheduling.

CLEARCAST GUIDANCE
There is no automatic timing restriction applied to dating services. However, one may be applied depending on the creative treatment, nature and/or name of the advertised service.