Award winning broadcaster Mark Saggers has joined Betknowmore UK for a new ten-episode series of podcasts focused on gambling harm and recovery.
Mark has been a presenter for over 30 years on radio stations including BBC Radio Five Live and talkSPORT. He also has a lived experience of gambling and spent over a decade in recovery.
On the new partnership, Mark said: “I want to use my own personal, painful experience of gambling addiction to support others through the charity Betknowmore.
“This exciting new podcast will feature high profile guests from the sporting world talking to me about their own experiences. My job is to tell their stories, alongside my own, so that we can all learn from people’s experiences to raise awareness and find support for the harm and devastation gambling can bring to ourselves and our family and friends.
“I want to ensure that every single person who needs support can get it and I’ll be talking to people involved across the whole world of gambling in this new series.
“Betknowmore has as impressive line-up of people with lived experiences to help addicts with their recovery. And having been in recovery for 12 years myself I know that every single day of it is worth it. I can’t wait to start this exciting new series.”
The Betknowmore podcast will be produced by the team at 11-29 Media (Producers of Eammon Holmes and Nikki Chapman) and will showcase guests from the world of sport, support services and industry discussing a range of subjects from gambling as a sports professional to what impact gambling harm has on women and diverse communities.
Mark Machado, 11-29 Media’s Head of Production commented: “We’re really excited to be producing such an exciting series. Working with top talent like Mark Saggers and with the expertise of Betknowmore doesn’t just mean we can create great content, but also something that might help people to gain insight into their gambling behaviour.”
Betknowmore is a leading provider of gambling support and training services, providing award-winning programmes which embrace the insight and knowledge from ‘Experts by Experience’ combined with evidence-based approaches.
From ground-breaking community hubs to the first integrated peer support service within the National Gambling Treatment Service, Betknowmore UK strives to provide high value work benefiting individuals, families, and communities.
Betknowmore UK CEO and Founder, Frankie Graham, speaking about the podcast, said: “We are very excited to continue developing work in the ‘digital space’, and who better to lead this brilliant new venture, than Mark Saggers.
“We will explore the multifaceted nature of gambling harm and hear from those who have been impacted. What the podcasts will demonstrate is that gambling harm does not discriminate and the inherent risk within gambling can escalate to real life problems, regardless of gender, age, or socio-economic background.”
The Betknowmore podcast launches on 1 November and will be available on the charity’s website and from all the major platforms including Apple, spotify and Google.