Young people warned over TV licences

Students are reminded to get a TV licence
Students are reminded to get a TV licence

A total of 126 people aged 18 to 25 were caught watching the television without a TV Licence in the past year, according to new figures released this week by TV Licensing.

Nationally, more than 27,000 young people were caught watching the box without a licence and the authority said that many are students.

The authority is now reminding young people and new 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 one-in-ten undergraduates believe they won’t get caught watching live TV without a licence, while 24 per cent think they can’t be caught watching live TV on a computer, laptop or mobile device.

Mark Whitehouse, spokesperson for TV Licensing in the East Midlands, said: “On average, students own three devices capable of streaming live TV so it is important they understand the law when it comes TV and devices.

“Watching live TV on any device is illegal without a TV Licence, and could result in prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.

“If you’re a student and you are worried about paying for a TV Licence, get in touch. We know some people struggle to pay which is why we have many payment options available to spread the cost in smaller, more manageable chunks.

Once covered, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy TV legally.”

A licence is needed to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

Students living in Mansfield who are in any doubt about whether or not they need a licence are encouraged to check by visiting or by calling 0300 790 6113.