Pubs asked to check TV licence ahead of Six Nations

If staff, customers or visitors watch live TV in your pub, restaurant, sports club or hotel, your business needs to be covered by a TV Licence

If staff, customers or visitors watch live TV in your pub, restaurant, sports club or hotel, your business needs to be covered by a TV Licence

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Pub landlords and managers in Angus are being urged to check that they are covered by a TV licence to show live coverage of rugby’s Six Nations Championship.

The tournament, which kicks off on February 6, is set to be the most spectacular ever, so rugby fans will be heading to pubs and bars in the area to watch Scotland players such as Sean Lamont, Stuart Hogg, David Denton and Greig Laidlaw in action. With 256 licenced outlets in Angus, TV Licensing and British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) Scotland are reminding all pub owners and managers that they need to have a TV Licence to show any live games. A TV Licence is required for watching or recording any TV programmes, at the same time as they are broadcast.

TV Licensing will be visiting unlicensed pubs and bars throughout this year’s tournament, which runs until the 19th March. Those without a valid licence are breaking the law and run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.

Pubs and bars can purchase a TV Licence in minutes via an online form at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/businessinfo or by calling the TV Licensing business team on 0300 790 6112.

Jason Hill, TV Licensing Scotland spokesman, said: “To be fair to the majority who do pay the licence fee, we have to take action against those who try to get away with not paying. If any landlords or managers would like more information about the licensing requirements, or ways to spread the cost, they can contact our call centre on 0300 790 6112 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/businessinfo. A licence costs £145.50 and can be purchased in minutes online.”

Stephen McGowan, Chairman of the BII Scotland, the leading professional body for the country’s licensees, said: “Watching sport in the pub is a great British tradition, and we are sure the Six Nations will prove no different. However, it’s important that licensees making the most of live sport and the revenue opportunities it presents are doing so legally. We’d urge all those in the industry planning to show the tournament to check they have purchased a TV licence beforehand.”