TV Licensing: Avoid a scrum for licences ahead of Six Nations conclusion

Ahead of the final matches in the RBS 6 Nations tournament, which comes to a dramatic climax this Saturday, TV Licensing is reminding pubs and sports clubs to make sure they are correctly covered by a TV Licence for businesses.

Rugby fans from across the UK and Ireland are expected to flock to their local pub or rugby club to catch a piece of the action and cheer on their local heroes.

Any pub, club or sporting venue which shows live television must have a valid TV Licence. Pubs without a valid licence are breaking the law and publicans run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence plus costs.

Jason Hill, TV Licensing spokesperson, said:

Many fans and supporters will choose to watch the final matches in their local rugby club or one of the 50,800 pubs1 across the UK. It’s important pubs and clubs are correctly licensed and we know landlords and managers want to stay within the law, which is why we are issuing this advice, as it’s sure to be a very busy weekend.

We encourage landlords or managers to read more information about TV Licensing requirements for businesses, or ways to spread the cost. Alternatively, they can call the TV Licensing business team on 0300 790 6131.

Managers and landlords can also read more about explaining TV Licensing rules to staff by downloading the TV in the Workplace Policy. If there is living accommodation on the premises where a TV is also in use, this must be covered by a separate licence.

1.  British Beer and Pub Association

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