Warning to landlords over Six Nations coverage

PUBS and clubs hoping for a Six Nations and World Cup bonanza have been warned to make sure they are properly covered by a TV licence.

The 2014 RBS Six Nations Championship kicked off on Saturday (1) and Rotherham pubs are expected to be packed with fans soaking up the big game atmosphere over the coming weeks.

The World Cup in Brazil is also expected to pack in the punters, so TV licensing bosses have urged publicans to ensure they have paid their dues.

TV Licensing spokesman Paul Williams said: “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 regarding the Six Nations tournament.”

Any pub, club or sporting venue which shows live television must have valid TV Licence.

If there is living accommodation on the premises where a TV is also in use, this must be covered by a separate 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.

Landlords or managers who would like more information about TV Licensing requirements, can call the TV Licensing businesses team on 0300 790 6131 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/businesses.

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