ASA Adjudication on Wire Model Management
Wire Model Management
344/35 Gray's Inn Road
25 July 2012
Number of complaints:
Summary of Council decision:
Three issues were investigated and all were Upheld.
A regional press ad, seen in the Metro, stated "MODELS, ACTORS, EXTRAS!!! Books are open for limited time only. Jobs available for TV - FILMS - EXTRAS BACKGROUND ARTISTS FASHION - MAGAZINES MUSIC VIDEOS - COMMERCIALS (No Age Restriction, No Experienced [sic] Required) (NO FEE CHARGED) Secure your place now by booking your meeting now via email or call us at Ph: [Telephone Number] (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) [Email Address]".
Clive Hurst challenged whether:
1. the claim "NO FEE CHARGED" was misleading, because he understood that the advertisers always took a £100 deposit for professional photographs to be taken by their chosen studio, even if the consumer already had their own portfolio;
2. the claim "Books are open for limited time only" was misleading and could be substantiated, because he understood that that was not the case; and
3. the claim "Jobs available for TV - FILMS - EXTRAS" could be substantiated, because he understood that they did not find work for applicants.
CAP Code (Edition 12)
Wire Model Management did not respond to the ASA's enquiries.
1., 2. & 3. Upheld
The ASA was concerned by Wire Model Management's lack of response and apparent disregard for the Code, which was a breach of the CAP Code (Edition 12) rule 1.7 (Unreasonable delay). We reminded them of their responsibility to respond promptly to our enquiries and told them to do so in the future.
Because Wire Model Management had not provided evidence to substantiate the claims, we concluded the claims were misleading.
The ad breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 1.7 (Unreasonable delay), 3.1 and 3.3 (Misleading advertising).
The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told Wire Model Management not to make claims in their advertising if they were unable to provide evidence to substantiate them. We asked CAP to inform its members of the problem with Wire Model Management.