16:06 Monday 20 January 2014

Warning to pubs over TV licences

Written byROB SMYTH

PUBS and clubs are being warned to avoid going into the sin bin – by making sure they have a TV licence ahead of one of the biggest events in rugby.

TV Licensing is set to keep a close eye on establishments across the area to make sure they are correctly covered ahead of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations championship.

Any pub, club or sporting venue which shows live television such as the tournament, which kicks off on Saturday, February 1, must have a valid TV licence or they could face a fine.

Mark Whitehouse, TV Licensing spokesman for the West Midlands, said: “With around 150 pubs in or within six miles of Burton, many fans and supporters will choose to watch the matches in their pub or rugby club, soaking up the atmosphere while cheering on their country’s finest 15.

“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 ahead of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations tournament.”

If there is living accommodation on the premises where a television is also in use, this must be covered by a separate licence.

Pubs without a valid licence run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence plus costs.

The appeal was echoed by Martin Caffrey, operations director of the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Association, who said: “I would like to encourage landlords and licensees as well as bar and club managers to make sure they are up to date with their TV Licensing requirements ahead of what is always a busy time of year.”

More information is available at www.tvlicensing.co.uk

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