Pub landlords in Hampshire are being reminded to avoid a TV licence penalty during the Six Nations tournament.
With rugby’s Six Nations Championship kicking off this weekend, TV Licensing and the British Institute of Innkeeping are calling on all pub landlords and managers across the county to check they are covered if they are showing matches.
All pub owners and managers need to have a TV licence to show any live games or if they are watching or recording any TV programmes at the same time as they are being broadcasted.
TV Licensing will be visiting unlicensed pubs and bars throughout this year’s tournament, which runs until March 19.
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.
Anthony Pender, chairman of the BII, the leading professional body for the UK’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.’
Ben Craig, TV Licensing spokesman for London and the South East, 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 tvlicensing.co.uk/businessinfo.
‘A licence costs £145.50 and can be purchased in minutes online.’