Young people in Weston warned over viewing TV without licence

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 October 2015

Young people have been warned about ensuring they have a TV licence (Stock photo - none of those pictured have been caught)

Young people have been warned about ensuring they have a TV licence (Stock photo - none of those pictured have been caught)

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A TOTAL of 56 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 have been caught watching television without a licence in Weston-super-Mare in the last year, according to the TV Licensing agency.

More than 26,000 young adults nationwide were caught watching live TV without paying the licence fee, which currently stands at £145.50 for a colour TV and £49 for a black and white set.

TV licensing is now reminding new university students that watching live footage on any device without a license could result in a fine of up to £1,000.

Richard Chapman, spokesperson for TV Licensing in the South West, said: “We want to make sure students and young people know (a licence) is needed by law to watch or record live TV on any device, including a laptop, tablet, mobile phone or games console.

“A TV Licence costs on average £12.13 a month which goes towards services like Radio 1’s Big Weekend, BBC iPlayer, Newsbeat and BBC One’s Match of the Day.

“To avoid the risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, we encourage students to check if they need a licence on our website – www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo – or by calling 0300 790 6113.”

When asked, two in three students had a positive opinion of the BBC and thought the TV Licence offered value for money.

But research by the agency showed 29 per cent think of people believe TV Licensing cannot catch them watching live TV on a computer, laptop or mobile device and just over half of students believe they are unlikely to be fined if they watch live TV without a licence.

The Government has frozen the current cost of the licence fee, set in 2012, until March 2017.

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