Firms warned over staff watching Olympics on TV
July 25, 2012
Businesses in Bracknell hoping to allow staff to watch Olympic events are urged to make sure they have the correct licence.
There will be more than 2,500 hours of live Olympic coverage shown over 17 days of the games and TV Licensing wants businesses to make sure they have a licence if they want to show the events.
A licence is required if anyone – either staff or customers – watch TV programmes at the same time as they are shown, whether on a computer, TV, mobile phone, games console or other equipment.
Companies can be fined £1,000 if they do not have a licence.
Spokeswoman Victoria Sykes said: “We know staff across Bracknell will be logging on to watch sport online, or gathering around TV sets in the workplace, so we want to make sure businesses are correctly licensed to do so.
“If staff want to enjoy the games, they could talk to their managers to identify key televised Olympic events when they are allowed to stop work, and cheer on great sporting achievements.”
TV Licensing has produced its own Workplace Viewing Guide for businesses. Ginette Gower, head of communications at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group, said businesses could benefit from allowing their staff to watch the events.
She said: “With the Olympics almost upon us, everyone is getting excited about the games.
“We encourage businesses to be flexible on allowing staff to watch events, even organising specific team building events around them, whilst of course keeping business going.
“There is no doubt staff morale will be boosted by supporting Team GB.”