Wiltshire firms must take care not to fall foul of TV licensing laws during sporty summer

Don't get carried away by Andy Murray's sporting successes where you work, warn TV Licensing

Don't get carried away by Andy Murray's sporting successes where you work, warn TV Licensing

First published in News

Whether it’s football, tennis, athletics, or cycling, sports fans in Wiltshire are all set to enjoy a summer of sport live on their TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Now TV Licensing is reminding businesses and business owners to make sure they are correctly licensed before televised sport gets under way.

A workplace viewing guide is being provided to clarify how staff or customers can watch live TV at work and be correctly licensed.

The World Cup in Brazil kicks off the bumper sporting summer as hosts Brazil play Croatia in the opening fixture on June 12 at 9pm.

But it will be the early group stage kick-offs at 5pm which may see Wiltshire workers knocking off early to sit in front of the canteen TV or opening a live streaming service on their desk PC to catch the match.

Less than two weeks later, all eyes will again be on Wimbledon as Andy Murray looks to defend the title he won last year when he broke the 77-year wait for a men’s winner from these shores.

A fortnight of live television coverage from the iconic courts at the All England Club begins on June 23.

The day before Wimbledon concludes, live TV coverage of the world’s greatest cycle race begins as the Tour de France gets under way in Yorkshire.

From July 5 for three gruelling weeks, reigning champion Chris Froome will be out to defend his title against team mate and former winner Sir Bradley Wiggins.

And from July 23 to August 3, the Commonwealth Games will be taking place in Glasgow with many 2012 London Olympic medallists vying to add to their awards.

Fans can expect over 300 hours of live networked programming and over 1,300 hours of live action via up to 17 digital streams.

Richard Chapman, spokesman for TV Licensing in the South West, said: “With so much sport on free-to-air television this summer, employers in Wiltshire may be tempted to bring TVs in to the workplace so their staff can catch all the live sporting action as it happens.

"It’s important businesses know the law around live TV being shown in the workplace.

"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.

“I would recommend business owners and managers visit tvlicensing.co.uk/businessinfo and download the workplace viewing guide for display in a prominent part of the workplace, so it’s clear when a licence is needed.

"Your licence for your home address covers you to watch live TV on any equipment away from your address as long as it is powered by batteries.

"If you plug it in to the mains, you need to be covered by a licence at the place you are using it - unless you are in a vehicle or vessel like a train, car or boat."

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