TV Unlicensed Landlords In Down Face £1000 Fine And Sin Bin


WOTH the 2014 RBS 6 Nations’ rugby championship kicking off on Saturday 1 February, TV Licensing is reminding pubs and clubs in Downpatrick and across Down to make sure they are correctly covered by a TV Licence.

Any pub, club or sporting venue which shows live television must have 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. 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.dn_screen

Deborah King, TV Licensing spokesman, said: “With more than 25 pubs in the Downpatrick area, many fans and supporters will choose to watch the matches in their local pub or rugby 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:  “I would like to encourage landlords and licensees as well as bar and club managers to make sure they are up to date with their TV Licensing requirements ahead of what is always a busy time of year for the UK’s pubs and clubs.  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 while they have the time.  From Saturday 1 February things could get very busy.

Landlords or managers who would like more information about  TV Licensing requirements, or ways to spread the cost, can call the TV Licensing businesses team on 0300 790 6131 or visit

A TV in the Workplace Policy is also available to help managers and landlords explain TV Licensing rules to staff in the workplace. Download the Policy at

Paying for a TV Licence:

TV Licensing aims to make it as easy as possible for people to buy a TV Licence, which is why there are many different ways to pay.

*  Online – people are able to pay online at  by Direct Debit or with a debit or credit card

*  Direct Debit – monthly, quarterly or annual Direct Debit payment schemes are available and can be set up online at

*  Over-the-counter – people can pay at any of over 900 PayPoint outlets across Northern Ireland or by cash or credit/debit card.

*  Debit or credit card over the phone – this facility accepts payment from a range of debit cards including Maestro, Delta and Connect

*  By post – send a cheque made payable to TV Licensing to: TV Licensing, Darlington, DL98 1TL

To find out more about paying in weekly instalments over the counter, online, by SMS or by phone on the cash payment plan, call 0300 790 6078 or visit:

For more information about any of our payment options and concessions, to set up Direct Debit payments or to pay by debit or credit card please visit or call 0300 790 6112.

‘TV Licensing’ is a trade mark of the BBC and is used under licence by companies contracted by the BBC to administer the collection of television licence fees and enforcement of the television licensing system. The majority of administration is contracted to Capita Business Services Ltd. (‘Capita’).

Over-the counter services are provided by PayPoint plc (‘PayPoint’) in the UK mainland and Northern Ireland, and by the Post Office in the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Marketing and printing services are contracted to Proximity London Ltd. Media services are contracted to Mediaedge: CIA International Limited (“MEC”). The BBC is a public authority in respect of its television licensing functions and retains overall responsibility.