Decision Maker Response
Sadiq Khan’s response
Apr 16, 2019 — Dear Petitioner,
Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website regarding the Michael Jackson Innocent campaign advertisements on the Transport for London (TfL) network.
TfL was approached by the ‘Michael Jackson Innocent’ group to run an advertising campaign on the side of TfL buses. As with other advertising requests, this came through TfL’s advertising partner Exterion.
Before TfL accepted these adverts, they sought advice from the Committees of Advertising Practice, the independent body which provides guidance on the acceptability of advertisements. On the basis that the advertisements complied with TfL’s advertising policy, they were approved.
Under TfL’s guidelines (clause H), it is able to review adverts once they are running and if - upon further review - it decides that an advert is no longer appropriate, they can be removed from the network.
In light of the concerns raised by members of the public and several victims’ charities about the advertisements, and upon further reflection, TfL came to the view that it would not accept an application to extend the advertising run and decided it would be appropriate to remove the advertising campaign ahead of schedule.
Thank you again for the petition.
Public Liaison Unit
Greater London Authority