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Football fans around the UK are all set to enjoy the European football tournament playing out live on their TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones in the coming weeks, but some may have to arrange an afternoon off to make sure their employer is kept happy.

With football fans across the South West all set to watch the big games on telly, TV Licensing is reminding businesses across Gloucestershire to make sure they are correctly covered by a TV Licence.

The most talked about match of the draw is England v Wales, with the Group B game in the French city of Lens kicking off at 2pm on Thursday 16 June.

Many workers in the South West will be leaving their desks to cheer on their favoured team in front of the canteen TV while some may choose to live stream the match on their work computer.

According to recent research1, only one in three employees feel informed about the rules when it comes to watching live TV at work. To help managers inform their teams, TV Licensing has developed a Workplace Viewing Guide which provides simple guidance for workplace leaders and staff who want to watch the tournament at work.

The survey also revealed only 20 per cent of South West employees at a permanent workplace operating a TV viewing policy said they have permission to watch any TV at work, meaning many local workers may miss out on the big game, or have to go home to follow the action.

However, 35 per cent of South West employees at a permanent workplace said they would watch a big sporting event at work such as the Euros, if the TV viewing policy allowed it, with 20 per cent of South West employees thinking that watching a big sporting event fosters a ‘good team spirit’ at the workplace.

Mark Whitehouse, spokesperson for TV Licensing said: “The England v Wales game airs on BBC One at 1:30pm next Thursday. With such a key fixture as England v Wales, employers in Gloucestershire may be tempted to bring TVs in to the workplace or let staff watch on their computers, mobiles or tablets so everyone can catch all the live sporting action. It’s important businesses know the law around live TV being shown in the workplace – a TV Licence is needed if anyone – staff or customers – watches or records TV programmes at the same time as they are shown on any device.”

Business owners and managers should visit and download the Workplace Viewing Guide for display in a prominent part of the workplace, so everyone is clear when a licence is needed.

Your licence for your home address covers you to watch live TV on any equipment away from your address as long as it is powered by batteries. If you plug it in to the mains, you need to be covered by a licence at the place you are using it.

The England v. Wales match will be shown at 1.30pm on BBC One, Thursday 16 June.

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