LANDLORDS in Sunderland have been reminded to have a correct TV licence.
Any pub, club or sporting venue which shows live television must have a valid TV licence, and if there is living accommodation on the premises where a TV is also in use, it 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.
Paul Williams, TV licensing spokesman, issued the warning ahead of the upcoming Rugby 6 Nations.
He said: “With around 92 pubs in or within six miles of Sunderland, many fans and supporters will choose to watch matches in their local pub or club, soaking up the atmosphere whilst cheering on their country’s finest 15.
“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 ahead of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations tournament.”
Martin Caffrey, operations director, Federation of Licensed Victuallers Association, added: “Showing live sport is a massive draw for millions of pub-goers so I’d urge those in charge of buying the TV licence to check the bar is correctly licensed.”
Information is available at www.tvlicensing.co.uk.