Alcohol Licence.org issued a warning today to pub landlords who have private and commercial TV’s on licensed premises after a LANDLADY has been fined — for not having a television licence in her pub.
Samantha Jones, manager of The Clock Face Hotel in Kearsley , has been ordered to pay £865 by magistrates. She was fined £700 for the offence of using a TV without a licence on the business premises in Old Hall Street, Kearsley, Greater Manchester.
Jones, aged 39, was also ordered to pay £165 inc VAT costs and a £15 victim surcharge after the case was proved in her absence at Wigan Magistrates Court yesterday. Any business that shows television, whether for customer use or in staff areas, must be covered by a 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. Those without a valid licence are breaking the law and run the risk of a court prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.
Jenny Wilkinson, TV Licensing spokesman for the North, said: “We appreciate these are tough times for businesses, but to be fair to the majority who do pay the licence fee, we have to take action against those who watch TV illegally. As our survey shows, those businesses who do try to get away with it might find the price of being caught to be higher than just a fine. “We’d rather businesses think ahead and check if they need a licence than risk being prosecuted. “A licence costs £145.50 and can be bought in minutes online at tvlicensing.co.uk/business.”
TV Licensing is reminding other businesses to make sure they are aware of their licensing requirements, in order to avoid the risk of prosecution and a large fine. More than 2,700 businesses were caught watching TV without a licence across the UK during 2010 and 2011.
A spokes person for Alcohol Licence.org said, ” This is problem with many new licensee’s who enter the pub trade. one licence for the pub does not cover your domestic area, so if you live above the premises as many licensee’s do you will need two TV licences. One for pub and one for your living area. The same can also be said about hotels and guest houses, caravan parks etc. The rules are as follows;
Your TV licence fee will be based on the number of accommodation rooms or mobile units you offer where a TV receiver is installed or used.
To cover up to 15 units You only need to pay one fee of £145.50.
To cover more than 15 units You pay one fee for the first 15 units and an additional fee of £145.50 for every extra 5 units (or fewer).
More information can be found on the TV Licensing website