WITH the 2013 RBS Six Nations championship kicking off tomorrow (Saturday), TV Licensing is reminding pubs and clubs to make sure they are correctly covered by a TV licence.
Any pub, bar or sports club which shows live television must be covered by a valid TV licence.
Pubs 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.
Fergus Reid, TV Licensing Scotland spokesman, said: “With over 120 pubs and five rugby clubs spread across Angus, watching live rugby and cheering on Scotland in the company of friends is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
“It’s important that pubs and clubs are correctly licensed and we know publicans and licensees want to stay within the law. It is why we are issuing this advice ahead of the 2013 RBS Six Nations tournament.”
Colin Wilkinson, secretary of The Scottish Licensed Trade Association, added: “It’s important that licensees remember to obtain all the licences they require if they want to provide entertainment or television programmes in their outlets.
“This includes a standard TV licence, even if they are showing programmes using a digital or cable service. It’s definitely a business benefit to be able to offer customers the chance to watch live, televised sporting events.”
Publicans and licensees who would like more information about TV licensing requirements, or ways to spread the cost, can call the TV Licensing businesses team on0300 790 6131 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/businesses.