More than 40 people between the ages of 18 and 25 in Grantham have been caught without a TV licence in the past year.
The 41 young adults were caught between September 2014 and August 2015. They are among 26,000 young people caugh during that period, watching live TV without a Licence, according to new figures released today by TV Licensing. With 75 per cent of first year undergraduates aged 25 and under, TV Licensing is reminding students that they could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 if they are caught watching live TV, on any device, without a TV Licence.
Recent research by TV Licensing shows 29 per cent think TV Licensing can’t catch people watching live TV on a computer, laptop or mobile device and just over half of students believe that people in general are unlikely to be caught if they watch live TV without a TV Licence.
Mark Whitehouse, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “Every year myths circulate around campus about when you do and don’t need a licence. We want to make sure students know one 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 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 at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo – or by calling 0300 790 6113.”
A colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50 and a black and white licence is £49. The licence fee is frozen at its 2012 level of £145.50 until March 2017, three months after the current charter period.