Pubs warned on TV licences for World Cup

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TV Licensing is reminding pubs and sports clubs in Argyll and Bute to check they are correctly covered to avoid falling foul of a penalty this World Cup season.

Any pub, club or sporting venue which shows live television must have a valid TV licence. Pubs without a valid licence are breaking the law and publicans run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.

TV Licensing is mailing unlicensed pubs, before the tournament kicks off today (June 14), to remind them that if they are planning to show or record live matches to staff or customers, they must be covered by a TV licence.

Fergus Reid, TV Licensing spokesperson in Scotland, said: ‘Although Scotland won’t be taking part, fans and supporters across the country will be heading to their local clubs or pubs to watch key matches this World Cup.’