Ad Standards and AANA set to merge

Ad Standards has appointed Richard Bean as an interim independent director for complaints handling, as the industry body prepares to merge boards with the Australian Association of National Advertisers.
The merger, which is understood to have been in the works for some time now, will go ahead on Tuesday.

“This move will reduce complexity and cost in the self-regulatory system and, most importantly, have no impact whatsoever on the important transparency of Ad Standards complaints and adjudication processes,” a letter from AANA chairman Martin Brown and ASB chairman David Scribner said, according to the AFR.