TV licensing reminder to salons

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Hairdressers in Whitley Bay are being reminded to be licensed if they have televisions.

Officials at TV Licensing say some salons offer wall-mounted screens or tablets so customers can access on-demand TV services.

But they warn that a TV licence is needed to watch live TV programmes or BBC programmes on iPlayer – or risk a fine of up to £1,000.

Last year, 10 salons in the UK were prosecuted.

Matthew Thompson, TV Licensing spokesman, said: “With many salons mounting small TV screens by each chair or providing handheld tablets so customers don’t miss a minute of their best-loved TV shows, hairdressers are making sure TV is more accessible than ever before. But it’s important salon owners and managers take a few moments to review and update their licensing requirements.”

“Cutting corners, rather than hair, could land the owner in court and facing a fine of up to £1,000.”

Hilary Hall, CEO of the National Hairdressers’ Federation, added: “Reading a magazine in the chair is still very popular, but some clients enjoy watching TV while they’re having their hair cut or styled.

“If someone is having a treatment they can be in the chair or under the dryer for a couple of hours, time the customer could spend with Sherlock, Strictly Come Dancing or Planet Earth II.

“The National Hairdressers’ Federation regularly reminds salons that if anyone will be watching TV in the workplace they need to have a TV Licence.”