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Does your business have a TV licence? If not read on...
Published on 12/06/2012

Euro 2012, Wimbledon and The Olympic and Paralympic Games are all taking place between now and 9 September 2012.


As responsible businesses and employers you will need to have clear rules in place to cover those employees that may have a keen interest in viewing all or any of these major sporting events during the working day.

If you do decide to make access to any of these events during agreed break times only it is important too that your business premises also has a valid TV licence so that any staff (and others) can watch the events on live TV.


If your business has a TV set or sets then you will already have a TV licence in place. However, if you don’t have a TV set on your premises you may not realise that you will still need a TV licence if anyone at your business watches or records TV programmes as they are shown on TV using a device that can receive TV and is provided by you as the employer.


According to TV Licensing www.tvlicensing.co.uk ‘devices’ include a TV set but also a computer, laptop, i-pad, mobile phone or DVD/VHS recorder. Watching live TV through a set or online through a computer or laptop or any other device with software that permits such viewing which is plugged into the mains requires the business to have a TV licence.

If an employee brings their own portable TV, laptop or mobile to watch live TV at work (and your rules allow for this), they will need a TV licence to cover such use. According to TV Licensing their own licence should cover them only if their equipment is powered solely by its own batteries. If their own device is plugged into the mains at your premises then your business may be liable for any unlicensed use i.e. if you don’t have a licence.


If any of the above applies then to avoid risking a £1000 fine make sure your premises have a TV licence. A single TV licence will ususally cover entire business premises no matter how many TV receiving devices are used on site although there are some cases where certain areas need a separate licence. If you have multiple business premises then the business can be covered with a Company Group Licence.

It is probably no co-incidence that TV Licensing has planned an enforcement drive over the summer months. The cost of a colour licence is £145.50

For more information visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk or call 0300 790 6124.

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