PUBS and clubs are being reminded of the importance of making sure they are correctly covered by a TV licence.
Premises without a valid licence are breaking the law and run the risk of a court prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
Ahead of the 2013 RBS Six Nations rugby championship kicking off next week, TV licensing bosses are now urging landlords to ensure they are correctly licensed.
Lucy Baird, TV licensing spokesperson for the north of England, said: “With numerous pubs and rugby clubs spread across Hartlepool, watching live rugby and cheering on England 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 landlords and managers want to stay within the law.”
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, added: “With the time pressures on busy pub licensees, it’s easy to overlook making sure your TV licence for the premises is up to date.
“These days, live TV sport is now a hugely popular part of the British pub experience for millions of customers, so this is a timely reminder.”
Landlords or managers who would like more information about TV Licensing requirements, or ways to spread the cost, can call the TV Licensing businesses team on 0300 790 6131 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/businesses.