Warning for businesses to ensure company has correct TV License for staff

Bournemouth Echo: WARNING: An employee watching a live TV event on a computer at work WARNING: An employee watching a live TV event on a computer at work

THOUSANDS of staff may have been laying their employers open to a large fine by watching live TV on their work computers.

TV Licensing is warning businesses to make sure they are correctly licensed for TV viewing.

Recent figures from the BBC show five of the top 20 live programmes viewed on its iPlayer service were televised during business hours, with ratings topping 800,000.

TV Licensing says a licence is required if anyone – whether staff or customers – watches or records TV programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, whatever device is used to view them.

Last year, TV Licensing officers visited more than 3,000 businesses in the UK to check they were correctly licensed – including 80 in Bournemouth.

Richard Chapman, TV Licensing spokesman for the South West, said: “With services such as BBC iPlayer and 4oD streaming live TV it can be tempting to watch major televised occasions or sporting events at your desk during the working day. But employers and employees in Bournemouth need to be aware of their TV licensing requirements if they are watching live TV in the workplace. “Rather than risk being prosecuted and facing a fine, we would rather business owners and managers take a few moments to review and update their licensing requirements. A licence costs £145.50 and can be bought in minutes online.”

Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, said: “With modern technology, employers may not even be aware that employees are watching live TV at their desks on their computers. We strongly urge these businesses to make sure they have a TV licence in place to avoid prosecution and a potential fine.”

TV Licensing has produced a downloadable TV in the Workplace guide which helps managers to set out a policy on the use of TV in the workplace.

The funeral of Baroness Thatcher, on a Wednesday morning in April, was the most watched live programme via iPlayer in 2013, reaching over 830,000 people. 

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5. Golf: The Open 2013, day 1

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10:12am Wed 19 Feb 14

BoscVegas says...

I believe you can get round this by unplugging your laptop as it then becomes a 'mobile device' and is covered by your home TV license. if you have a desktop stream it to your mobile or tablet.
I believe you can get round this by unplugging your laptop as it then becomes a 'mobile device' and is covered by your home TV license. if you have a desktop stream it to your mobile or tablet. BoscVegas

10:24am Wed 19 Feb 14

JHC2 says...

Dear Echo ,
Big headline ,big spelling error !

Licence as a noun has a " C"
the verb has an "s"
JHC
Dear Echo , Big headline ,big spelling error ! Licence as a noun has a " C" the verb has an "s" JHC JHC2

10:30am Wed 19 Feb 14

JustForPoole says...

Another "Cash Cow" .... just trying to bleed the country bit by bit !!!!! No works radio, no CD player and now no TV.
Another "Cash Cow" .... just trying to bleed the country bit by bit !!!!! No works radio, no CD player and now no TV. JustForPoole

11:38am Wed 19 Feb 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

All those watching at work will have a licence at home so why is it necessary to pay twice. Licence the person rather than the premises, bit like a driving licence, better still just do away with the tv licence.
All those watching at work will have a licence at home so why is it necessary to pay twice. Licence the person rather than the premises, bit like a driving licence, better still just do away with the tv licence. The-Bleeding-Obvious

11:54am Wed 19 Feb 14

Old Colonial says...

And thanks for the photo Echo. I wouldn't have known what a person watching TV looked like otherwise. Certainly brownie points for that Regional Award.
And thanks for the photo Echo. I wouldn't have known what a person watching TV looked like otherwise. Certainly brownie points for that Regional Award. Old Colonial

12:20pm Wed 19 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

This whole TV licence fee idea is well past it's time, it basically forms the primary source of income for only the politically impaired BBC empire - £3.65billion in 2012/13. We do not even need a TV 'licence' to watch non-BBC commercially provided television, in other words most TV channels.

Scrap this BBC TV 'licence' tax and privatise the BBC, the good bits will survive the bad and wasteful parts (by far most of it) will sink.
This whole TV licence fee idea is well past it's time, it basically forms the primary source of income for only the politically impaired BBC empire - £3.65billion in 2012/13. We do not even need a TV 'licence' to watch non-BBC commercially provided television, in other words most TV channels. Scrap this BBC TV 'licence' tax and privatise the BBC, the good bits will survive the bad and wasteful parts (by far most of it) will sink. muscliffman

12:34pm Wed 19 Feb 14

BournemouthMum says...

JHC2 wrote:
Dear Echo ,
Big headline ,big spelling error !

Licence as a noun has a " C"
the verb has an "s"
JHC
I've never quite got that - like practise and practice. I just use the 'c' version and hope for the best!
[quote][p][bold]JHC2[/bold] wrote: Dear Echo , Big headline ,big spelling error ! Licence as a noun has a " C" the verb has an "s" JHC[/p][/quote]I've never quite got that - like practise and practice. I just use the 'c' version and hope for the best! BournemouthMum

1:11pm Wed 19 Feb 14

fedupwithjobsworths says...

This will probably will only effect Town Hall staff
This will probably will only effect Town Hall staff fedupwithjobsworths

2:11pm Wed 19 Feb 14

RM says...

Just another example of the 'Common Purpose' led BBC trying to force more people to pay for BBC biased pro-EU propaganda & their staffs' champagne lifestyle. Abolish the licence fee & force the BBC to be self-financing or go to the wall, like the commercial TV stations have to.
Just another example of the 'Common Purpose' led BBC trying to force more people to pay for BBC biased pro-EU propaganda & their staffs' champagne lifestyle. Abolish the licence fee & force the BBC to be self-financing or go to the wall, like the commercial TV stations have to. RM

2:14pm Wed 19 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

They are good at getting blood out of a stone.

Be careful if you are singing in the Lav.
You might have the PRS on your back for unpaid royalties.
They are good at getting blood out of a stone. Be careful if you are singing in the Lav. You might have the PRS on your back for unpaid royalties. BIGTONE

2:24pm Wed 19 Feb 14

ksouth77 says...

Just to clarify that you do only need a TV license if you are watching or recording a live broadcast. And that means watching or recording a show as it goes out on a TV, tablet, laptop, games console or any other kind of device capable of receiving a live signal. So if you just watch programmes after they are broadcast, then a license is not required. I'm not sure if it is a new change, but I stopped my license this year as I only ever watch catch-up.
Just to clarify that you do only need a TV license if you are watching or recording a live broadcast. And that means watching or recording a show as it goes out on a TV, tablet, laptop, games console or any other kind of device capable of receiving a live signal. So if you just watch programmes after they are broadcast, then a license is not required. I'm not sure if it is a new change, but I stopped my license this year as I only ever watch catch-up. ksouth77

2:49pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

Its about time the draconian BBC licence fee was abolished, with the advent of Sky, Virgin Media and freeview, quite frankly the rubbish that's on BBC doesn't justify the licence fee anyway, half the money goes on jollies and payoff fees, its simply another tax we have to pay.
Its about time the draconian BBC licence fee was abolished, with the advent of Sky, Virgin Media and freeview, quite frankly the rubbish that's on BBC doesn't justify the licence fee anyway, half the money goes on jollies and payoff fees, its simply another tax we have to pay. Hessenford

4:04pm Wed 19 Feb 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Eureka! Do away with the licence fee and pay for the Beeb with an advertising levy applied to all adverts that appear on the commercial TV stations...and anywhere else for that matter!
Eureka! Do away with the licence fee and pay for the Beeb with an advertising levy applied to all adverts that appear on the commercial TV stations...and anywhere else for that matter! The-Bleeding-Obvious

10:14pm Wed 19 Feb 14

calamity carney says...

ksouth77 wrote:
Just to clarify that you do only need a TV license if you are watching or recording a live broadcast. And that means watching or recording a show as it goes out on a TV, tablet, laptop, games console or any other kind of device capable of receiving a live signal. So if you just watch programmes after they are broadcast, then a license is not required. I'm not sure if it is a new change, but I stopped my license this year as I only ever watch catch-up.
But you need the licence to make and receive mobile phone calls and to use wifi boxes at your house, check out the T&C. The licence fee covers the house hold to broadcast send and receive radio signals(radio act 2003). Also you pay out around £300 a year in advertising revenue as every time you spend money on any shopping or goods and services some of that money goes to tv advertising. It does make me laugh when people get all hot under the collar about the licence fee and say they don't have a tv anymore and yet they are still paying for itv channel 4/5 and sky. The dailymail has done a good job on this one!
[quote][p][bold]ksouth77[/bold] wrote: Just to clarify that you do only need a TV license if you are watching or recording a live broadcast. And that means watching or recording a show as it goes out on a TV, tablet, laptop, games console or any other kind of device capable of receiving a live signal. So if you just watch programmes after they are broadcast, then a license is not required. I'm not sure if it is a new change, but I stopped my license this year as I only ever watch catch-up.[/p][/quote]But you need the licence to make and receive mobile phone calls and to use wifi boxes at your house, check out the T&C. The licence fee covers the house hold to broadcast send and receive radio signals(radio act 2003). Also you pay out around £300 a year in advertising revenue as every time you spend money on any shopping or goods and services some of that money goes to tv advertising. It does make me laugh when people get all hot under the collar about the licence fee and say they don't have a tv anymore and yet they are still paying for itv channel 4/5 and sky. The dailymail has done a good job on this one! calamity carney

11:06am Thu 20 Feb 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I didn't have a licence from 1998 to 2010. My tv worked just fine without it.
I didn't have a licence from 1998 to 2010. My tv worked just fine without it. Sir Beachy Head

1:41pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Rich© says...

I've paid my licence fee money, I should be able to view on other devices away from home.

Try that with the road fund licence & see what happens, I've got tax on my car, if someone borrowed it I wouldn't want to be expected to have to buy another tax disc so they could use it.
I've paid my licence fee money, I should be able to view on other devices away from home. Try that with the road fund licence & see what happens, I've got tax on my car, if someone borrowed it I wouldn't want to be expected to have to buy another tax disc so they could use it. Rich©

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