PRN: New TV Licensing Guide Helps Managers and Staff Stay on Track for One-off Summer of Sport
New TV Licensing Guide Helps Managers and Staff Stay on Track for One-off Summer of Sport
LONDON, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Workplace viewing guide provides information
on watching television in the workplace
This year's summer of sport will be extra special. The TV will provide a tantalisingly tempting selection of entertainment - but much of it will take place during business hours.
With Euro 2012, Wimbledon and - of course - the Olympics about to hit our screens, managers may be worrying about productivity and wondering how to ensure staff are aware of their workplace rules on TV watching. Â Many staff will be desperate to tune in to the live action in their favourite sport, and visitors may simply expect to be able to watch the top events.
To help businesses stay on track and avoid unnecessary last-minute disappointment for all concerned, TV Licensing has for the first time produced a handy guide to assist harmony in the workplace.
The TV Licensing guide on TV in the workplace, can be adapted to suit any location - whether viewing is allowed or not. It is designed to clarify for all those at work where, when and how staff can watch live TV at work.
Many of this summer's sporting events are taking place between 8am and 7pm so could be a big draw for would-be workplace viewers. They include Euro 2012 games, Wimbledon matches, and - for example - at the Olympics:
3pm Monday 30 July Men's Synchronised Platform Diving (Tom Daley) 10am Friday 3 August Women's Athletics opening event Heptathlon 100m hurdles (Jessica Ennis) 10am Tuesday 7 August Men's Athletics 200m first round (Usain Bolt) Cycling Men's Keirin (Track Cycling) (Sir Chris Hoy)
However, research* indicates that while 66% of businesses provide internet access, only 12% allow staff to watch online.
A TV Licence is needed for watching or recording any programme as it is shown on television, so viewing sports at work will mean the business needs to be licensed to avoid risking breaking the law, a prosecution and a fine of up to Â£1,000.
"This guide helps everybody in the workplace be clear about whether they can watch programmes as they are being shown on TV at work, however they watch. We know that managers up and down the country will be thinking about whether they want to allow employees or visitors to watch. So we designed this simple guide for them to use to let staff and visitors know if the premises are licensed or not, and what their viewing policy is.
"We want to encourage businesses to get licensed in time for the summer of sport if people are going to viewing live TV in the workplace," said Elly Button, of TV Licensing.
John Walker, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said:
"Small firms across the country will be planning with their staff whether or not they will be watching the Games in the workplace. This guide provides clear advice on what viewing policies are in place for staff and visitors. It is a helpful tool for those staff that want to watch the sports this summer at work."
'The policy on watching TV at this address' guide can be downloaded and printed from TV Licensing's website: http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk
If your business doesn't need a TV Licence, please let us know at http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk. Then we can remove your organisation from our list of unlicensed addresses.
* Harris Interactive business to business research into 600 small and medium-sized businesses in theÂ UKÂ December 2011
Notes to editors
Summer of sport dates:
UEFA Euro 2012: Â Â Friday 8 June - Sunday 1 July
Wimbledon: Â Â Â Â Monday 25 June - Sunday 8 July
Olympics: Â Â Â Â Friday 27 July - Sunday 12 August
Paralympics: Â Â Wednesday 29 August - Sunday 9 September
Further research results:
* Harris Interactive business to business research into 600 small and medium-sized businesses in the UK December 2011
If anyone on business premises watches or records programmes as they are shown on TV, they need to be covered by a valid TV Licence. This is the case irrespective of the channel being watched or the device being used. This includes the use of any TV receiving device including a TV set, computer, laptop, mobile phone or DVD/Blue Ray recorder.
When is a licence not needed?
You do not need a licence for business premises if the TV equipment is never used to receive or record television programme services, but is only used for closed circuit monitoring or to watch pre-recorded videos. If your business doesn't need a TV Licence, please let us know at http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk. Then we can remove your organisation from our list of unlicensed addresses. We may visit to confirm this.
TV Licensing Press Office on +44-(0)20-8752-6606