Reminder to be properly licenced

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Ahead of the 2015 RBS 6 Nations tournament, which kicks off on February 6, TV Licensing is reminding pubs and sports clubs in Angus to make sure they are correctly covered by a TV Licence.

Rugby fans from across Angus are expected to flock to their local pub or rugby club to catch a piece of the action and cheer on the national team.

Any pub, club or sporting venue which shows live television must have a valid TV Licence. Pubs without a valid licence are breaking the law and publicans run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence plus costs.

Claire Wotherspoon, TV Licensing Scotland spokesperson, said: “Many fans and supporters will choose to watch the matches in their local rugby club or in any of the 250 licensed outlets across Angus. 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 before the tournament.”

David Paterson, Chairman of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association, added: “It’s a good idea for landlords and licensees, as well as bar and club managers, to check their TV licence is up-to-date before this very busy time. Live sport is a massive draw for millions of pub-goers, so I’d urge those in charge of the TV Licence to check the bar is correctly licensed before the rush begins next Friday.”

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/businessinfo.

A TV in the Workplace Policy is also available to help managers and landlords explain TV Licensing rules to staff in the workplace. Download the Policy at http://bit.ly/MNnV0F.