World Cup 2018: what do pubs need to know about TV licences?

By Stuart Stone contact

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Avoid a penalty: TV Licensing is contacting businesses to ensure they are covered before World Cup 2018
Avoid a penalty: TV Licensing is contacting businesses to ensure they are covered before World Cup 2018
Before the World Cup kicks off, TV Licensing is telling pubs to avoid a penalty this summer.

TV Licensing is reminding pubs and sports clubs across the country looking to show televised coverage of the World Cup to ensure they are correctly covered by a TV licence before showing any of the 64 games from Russia this summer.

Games from Russia 2018 will take place between 14 June and 15 July on BBC and ITV, with games broadcast in ultra-high definition for the first time,​ as reported by The Morning Advertiser​.

Any venue that shows World Cup football must have a valid licence. Those without are breaking the law and run the risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.

TV Licensing is also reminding businesses that if there is living accommodation on the premises where a TV is in use, a separate licence must be obtained. 

TV Licensing is contacting unlicensed businesses, including pubs, before the tournament kicks off on 14 June as part of a wider drive to ensure that any business looking to show coverage of the World Cup does so lawfully.

Licences can be purchased online by anyone looking to show the World Cup at their venue. 

TV Licensing spokesperson, Jason Hill, said: “Many fans and supporters will choose to watch key matches at their club or one of the 50,800 pubs across the UK. 

“It’s important pubs and clubs know the score, which is why we’ve issued advice to landlords and managers, so they can stay within the law.” 

Landlords or managers who would like more information about TV Licensing can call 0300 790 6131 or visit

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