Horsham businesses urged to get TV licences for Olympics

Workers in businesses across Horsham are among millions of sports fans who will be watching the Olympic Games at work this summer.

More than 2,500 hours of live Olympic coverage will be shown over 17 days of the games, most of it during working hours, and TV Licensing is encouraging businesses to check if they are licensed before tuning in to support Team GB while they work.

Victoria Sykes, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “We know that staff across Horsham will be logging on to watch sport online, or gathering around TV sets in the workplace, so we want to make sure that businesses are correctly licensed to do so.

“If staff want to enjoy the games, they could talk to their managers to identify key televised Olympic events when they are allowed to stop work, and cheer on great sporting achievements.”

To help, TV Licensing has produced a new online workplace viewing guide, allowing businesses to plan ahead and ensure they are licensed if they need to be.

Surveys revealed that 44 per cent of businesses agreed watching live events at work creates a better atmosphere, while the average worker will spend 18 minutes of each day watching Olympic coverage at work.

A TV licence is legally required on work premises if anyone, either staff or customers, watch TV programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, or any other device, otherwise businesses may be held liable and fined up to £1,000.

Visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/business