GoCompare.com is most complained-about advertiser of 2012

Go.compare: campaigns attracted the most complaints in 2012
Go.compare: campaigns attracted the most complaints in 2012

With a total of nearly 2,000 complaints, campaigns by GoCompare.com were the most complained-about ads of the past year, according to the Advertising Standards Authority.

Other brands with the dubious honour of making the top 10 include Channel 4 for its promotion for documentary series 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding', Kerry Foods for a Richmond Ham TV ad featuring nudity, and Paddy Power for an ad which offended the transgender community.

Last year's most complained-about list was topped by retailer Phones 4U for a horror-themed ad.

Click here for full details of the ASA's annual report.

1. GoCompare "Stuart Pearce"

1,008 complaints

2. GoCompare "bazooka Sue"

797 complaints

3. Asda "Christmas doesn't just happen by magic"

620 complaints

4. Channel 4 "bigger, fatter, gypsier"

373 complaints

5. Richmond Ham "as nature intended"

371 complaints

6. Paddy Power "ladies day"

311 complaints

7. Kellog's Crunch Nut "snake"

234 complaints

=7. Morrisons "for your Christmas"

234 complaints

9. Kayak "brain surgery"

189 complaints

10. St John's Ambulance "helpless"

144 complaints

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