Even Santa’s Grotto needs a TV licence...or risk a big fine!

With Santa’s helpers setting up shopping centre grottos in Coleraine, TV Licensing today issued a reminder that all businesses, even toy workshops and reindeer stables, need a TV Licence to show live TV.

Any temporary business needing a TV Licence over the Christmas period can buy one in October and claim a refund worth more than £100 in the New Year, provided the licence isn’t needed again before it expires.

TV Licensing is also prompting all businesses in Coleraine whether open just for the festive period or year round, to make sure they are aware of their licensing requirements in order to avoid the risk of getting caught over the holiday period and facing prosecution with a large fine.

Deborah King spokesperson for TV Licensing said:” 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.

“Those found guilty are also required to buy a TV Licence at £145.50, or they could face a potential second prosecution. Make sure you have a valid TV Licence.”