Pub landlords reminded to avoid TV Licence penalty during Six Nations tournament

With rugby's Six Nations Championship kicking off on 6th February, TV Licensing and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) are calling on all pub landlords and managers across Northern Ireland to check they are covered by a TV Licence if they plan to show the contest.

The tournament is set to be the most spectacular ever, with fans across the UK heading to pubs and bars to watch the likes of Ireland and Rory Best and teammate Paddy Jackson in action. With over 1,000 pubs in Northern Ireland, TV Licensing and the BII are reminding all pub owners and managers that they need to have a TV Licence to show any live games. A TV Licence is required for watching or recording any TV programmes, at the same time as they are broadcast1.

TV Licensing will be visiting unlicensed pubs and bars throughout this year’s tournament, which runs until the 19th March. Those without a valid licence are breaking the law and run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.

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Pubs and bars can purchase a TV Licence in minutes via an online form at or by calling the TV Licensing business team on 0300 790 6112.

Jason Hill, TV Licensing spokesman, said: “To be fair to the majority who do pay the licence fee, we have to take action against those who try to get away with not paying. If any landlords or managers would like more information about the licensing requirements, or ways to spread the cost, they can contact our call centre on 0300 790 6112 or visit A licence costs £145.50 and can be purchased in minutes online.”

Anthony Pender, Chairman of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the leading professional body for the UK’s licensees, said: “Watching sport in the pub is a great British tradition, and we are sure the Six Nations will prove no different. However, it’s important that licensees making the most of live sport and the revenue opportunities it presents are doing so legally. We’d urge all those in the industry planning to show the tournament to check they have purchased a TV licence beforehand.”