Businesses urged to make sure they’re correctly licensed

Businesses urged to make sure they’re correctly licensed

Employers may not be aware the viewing is happening but if an employee is caught watching TV illegally, the business or the employee may be held liable and fined up to £1,000. A TV Licence is required if anyone - staff or customers - watches or records TV programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, whether on a TV, tablet, computer or any other type of equipment.

To help businesses and staff understand the legal implications of watching programmes live at work, TV Licensing has produced a downloadable ‘TV in the Workplace’ guide.  The guide allows managers to outline whether the business is covered by a TV Licence and whether staff and customers are allowed to watch TV in the workplace.  The template can be downloaded at

Rather than risk being prosecuted and facing a fine, TV Licensing is encouraging business owners and managers to take a few moments to review and update their licensing requirements.  A licence costs £145.50 and can be bought in minutes online at

For more information, visit or call 0300 790 6071.

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