Workplace sporting guide goes out

Whether it is football, tennis, athletics, or cycling, sports fans in Fraserburgh are all set to enjoy a summer of sport playing out live on their TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. So TV Licensing is asking businesses and business owners to make sure they are correctly licensed ahead of a massive summer of televised sport and providing a helpful Workplace Viewing Guide to clarify how staff or customers can watch live TV at work and be correctly licensed.

With the World Cup already started, soon all eyes will once 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 23 June.

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

Stephen Farmer, spokesperson for TV Licensing Scotland, said: “With so much sport on free-to-air television this summer, employers in Fraserburgh 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 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.