Bauer and Global prize restrictions

If you’re a keen comper, you may already be aware of the rules surrounding comps hosted by certain companies – and the limitations on prizes you can win from them! These rules were introduced for on-air radio promotions, to stop the same people winning major prizes regularly – but they apply to other media too.

I’m taking a look at the T&Cs used by two of the UK’s biggest media companies – Global and Bauer – and the brands they own. It’s worth checking this page so you’re aware of the rules – it may help you decide whether to enter for certain prizes or not.


From Bauer’s Competition Terms and Conditions:

Prize Limits. No person or persons at the same residential address may win more than one prize valued at £500 or more via any of our Competitions in any six (6) month period.

If a previous winner (of a prize valued at £500 or more in the last six months) is drawn at random in a subsequent Competition, or subsequent round of the same Competition within six months then they will be disqualified, and another entrant will be drawn. If it emerges after a winner has been awarded a prize that they are a previous winner of a prize valued at £500 or more in the last six months, in breach of these terms and conditions, they will be excluded and the prize shall not be paid or delivered to them. If the prize has already been paid or delivered, this must be returned immediately upon request. For clarity, it is possible to be drawn more than once to play a Competition and if an entrant has not previously won a prize valued at £500 or more in the last six months, they are eligible to play the same Competition again. 

If you win a single prize worth more than £500, you can’t win another prize worth more than £500 for the following six months. So if you’re entering a promotion such as Kissmas where you specify the value of the prize you want, keeping it under £500 might be your best bet! And if you are lucky enough to win a high value prize with Bauer, remember that their T&Cs affect a huge range of brands – so if you win a holiday on Magic FM, don’t go entering Absolute’s web comp to win £1000 the following month. It’s OK to win lots of lower value prizes that total more than £500 of course!

Bauer radio

Bauer TV

  • Kerrang!
  • Kiss
  • Magic

Bauer websites

Bauer Magazines

  • Angling Times
  • Bella
  • Bike
  • Bird Watching
  • CAR
  • Classic Bike
  • Classic Cars
  • Classic Car Weekly
  • Closer
  • Commercial Fleet
  • Country Walking
  • Digital Photo
  • Empire
  • Garden Answers
  • Garden News
  • Golf World
  • Heat
  • Improve Your Coarse Fishing
  • Land Rover Owner
  • MCN
  • Model Rail
  • Modern Classics
  • MOJO
  • Parkers
  • Practical Classics
  • Practical Sportsbikes
  • Q
  • Rail
  • RiDE
  • Spirit and Destiny
  • Steam Railway
  • Take a Break
  • Today’s Golfer
  • Trail
  • Trout and Salmon
  • Trout Fisherman
  • TV Choice
  • What Bike?
  • Yours


Global have a set of standard competition T&Cs used on individual websites, stating they may ban winners from winning again for six months.

We reserve the right to prevent you, at our absolute discretion, from entering any of our Competitions for a period of six months if you have either (i) won a Prize valued at £1,000 or greater or (ii) won more than one Prize during the previous six months.  If we choose to exercise this right we will notify you in writing.

Global Radio

  • Smooth
  • Classic
  • Heart
  • LBC
  • Capital
  • Gold
  • Radio X

If you win a prize from either of these companies, they should remind you of the T&Cs and warn you about any ban – but it’s worth being aware of them!

Have you won a big prize with Bauer or Global, and had a problems claiming? Let me know in the comments! 

9 Responses

  1. Tracey says:

    I won £500 in vouchers with Bauer but they haven’t told me I cant enter any more. Would they tell me?

    • Di says:

      I must admit I’ve never heard of them enforcing this rule even though it’s in their terms, Tracey! My fear would be that if you did win a second big prize, they would check your details and then refuse to honour it, which would be rotten!

  2. Hi Di, today I have received two tickets to a Phil Collins concert that I won with Absolute radio. The letter says I must refrain from taking part in all Absolute Radio competitions for a period of six months. I don’t think the tickets are worth more than £500 so do you know why I have been banned? And does this mean I can enter all other Bauer Media comps just not ones on Absolute radio? Do you think I should query it or just accept it? There is a telephone number on the letter but I don’t want to seem cheeky by asking. Hope you can guide me, many thanks

    • Di says:

      That seems odd for concert tickets, which surely must be worth much less? Although if it only mentions Absolute, you’ll be fine entering on Kiss, Magic etc! If you like, email me the phone number from the letter – if it’s the main Bauer marketing department it would be good to get the rules/regulations clarified!

  3. natalie zindani says:

    Di, I won a biggie with Global last week but they haven’t notified me of any exclusions does that mean I can carry on?

  4. rosierowe says:

    Thanks Di… I wasn’t aware of Bauer’s reach! I must admit, I love that Holland & Barrett, for example, don’t work like that. If I win from someone, I usually don’t enter their comps for at least a month, just not to seem greedy I suppose. I’ll have to start checking Ts&Cs more carefully. 🙂

  5. Clare Walmsley says:

    I didn’t know this – thanks for highlighting, that’s really helpful.

  6. Cherry Newby says:

    This is hugely useful – thanks Di. I have started reading the T’s and C’s of every competition I enter and found that often they contain clauses I wouldn’t have been aware of. It just goes to show how important the small print can be!

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