New licensing campaign focuses on pub sport

Pub showing football on TV. Image for use with TV Licencing campaign.

Pub showing football on TV. Image for use with TV Licencing campaign.

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As the new Scottish football season kicks off, TV Licensing has launched a campaign with the Scottish Beer and Pub Association (SBPA) to ensure pubs and clubs across Berwickshire are correctly covered by a licence to show live coverage of matches.

Pubs, clubs or sporting venues which show live television must have a valid TV 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.

Fergus Reid, TV Licensing spokesman for Scotland, said: “Many fans will be looking to watch live matches in their local pub and soak up the atmosphere with friends. Ahead of the start of the season, we want managers and publicans of pubs and clubs to make sure they’re on the right side of the law, so their customers can enjoy watching the action without worrying about whether they’re correctly licensed.”

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the SBPA, added: “Offering live coverage of televised sport is a great way for licensed outlets to encourage footfall and boost trade, so obtaining a TV licence can be an essential part of supporting the business.”