Warning to pubs on TV rugby

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PUBS across Scarborough are being reminded to make sure they are correctly covered by a TV licence if they are showing the rugby union Six Nations Championship this month.

TV Licensing will be visiting unlicensed pubs and bars throughout this year’s championship, which started last week and continues until March 19.

Any pub or bar which shows live television 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 fine of up to £1,000 per offence plus costs.

Enquiry officers found more than 1,000 businesses using their TV’s illegally in 2010.

For details, publicans can call 0300 7906124 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/business.