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DCMS launches another secondary ticketing review

By | Published on Wednesday 14 October 2015

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The UK government’s Department Of Culture, Media & Sport yesterday announced that Professor Michael Waterson will lead the review of the secondary ticketing market which is required under the Consumer Rights Act that passed earlier this year.

As previously reported, MPs Mike Weatherley and Sharon Hodgson managed to sneak in some secondary ticketing regulation into the Consumer Rights Act as it passed through Parliament, though objections in the House Of Commons meant one key proposed new rule, that people reselling tickets online must publish their identity, was not included. That information would have allowed anti-touting promoters to more easily cancel tickets being touted as they appear on resale sites.

The new legislation said a review of consumer protection measures in the secondary ticketing domain should follow the Act becoming law, and that process was launched yesterday. Waterson, who specialises in industrial economics, including the economics of retail, will chair the review, while interested parties have been invited to submit evidence by 20 Nov. More information on the DCMS website here.