Honiton TV Licensing warning in light of the Olympics

PUBLISHED: 11:30 07 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:48 11 August 2016

Don't forget to register for your TV Licence.

Don't forget to register for your TV Licence.

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A considerable number of community groups, sporting and social clubs are expected to host viewing events and parties, where they are set to enjoy landmark Olympic moments at community groups and centres across Honiton.

Community groups and charities in Honiton and surrounding areas are being reminded to check they are correctly licensed to share the Olympics TV coverage.

A considerable number of community groups, sporting and social clubs are expected to host viewing events and parties, where they are set to enjoy landmark Olympic moments at community groups and centres across Honiton.

BBC One’s coverage kicked off last night (Friday, August 5), with live action each day from 1pm to 4am until the closing ceremony on August 21.

TV Licensing has produced a guide for community groups, which answers common questions asked by groups and includes information about holding one-off live viewing events.

Richard Chapman, spokesperson for TV Licensing South West, said: “Community groups will need to buy a TV licence if they plan to watch the coverage live, but can claim a refund for any unused quarters, if they only need a licence for this one-off sporting event.

“Social and community group managers have been prosecuted in magistrates’ courts in the past year.

“We would always rather people pay for their TV licence than risk an embarrassing prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.”

TV Licensing enquiry officers will be visiting unlicensed clubs, sports halls and community centres throughout the summer.

Any group found watching TV illegally risks a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.

Last year, TV Licensing enquiry officers visited more than 30,000 unlicensed businesses across the UK to ensure they were correctly licensed.

To read the guide, visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk


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