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Alcohol audio-visual content in formula 1 television broadcasting.

Barker, A.B., Britton, J., Grant-Braham, B. and Murray, R.L., 2018. Alcohol audio-visual content in formula 1 television broadcasting. BMC Public Health, 18 (1), 1155.

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DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-6068-3


BACKGROUND: Exposure to audio-visual alcohol content in media is associated with subsequent alcohol use among young people. In 2016 Heineken launched its global Formula One (F1) partnership and had a significant brand presence at a number of 2017 F1 race events. We have measured the extent to which Heineken and other alcohol content appears in a sample of the first 6 races broadcast in the UK during the 2017 F1 Championship. METHODS: We used 1-min interval coding to quantify alcohol content in all broadcast footage, including advertisement breaks. RESULTS: Alcohol content occurred in all of the races shown and in 41% of all advertisement breaks in the programming. The most prominent content was alcohol branding, occurring in 39% of race footage intervals. Alcohol branding consisted mostly of billboard advertisements or branding on the side of cars or racing suits with Heineken and Johnnie Walker being most prominent. Alcohol branding was shown in race footage from countries where alcohol promotion is prohibited. All of the race footage was broadcast on Channel 4 on a Sunday, with start times ranging from 12:35 to 18:45. CONCLUSION: Audio-visual alcohol content, including branding, was highly prevalent footage of 2017 F1 races broadcast during peak viewing times in the UK. This content is likely to be a significant driver of alcohol consumption among children and adolescents.

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Additional Information:This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number MR/ K023195/1] and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, with core funding from the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Economic and Social Research Council and the Department of Health under the auspices of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:31377
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:22 Oct 2018 13:09
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:13


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