A hotel owner caught without a TV licence has been ordered to pay £783 by magistrates.
Mr Lawrence Smith, owner of the Rock Inn Hotel at Broad Carr, Holywell Green, Halifax, pleaded guilty to the offence of using a TV without a licence on the business premises and was fined £530.
He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £53 victim surcharge by Calderdale Magistrates Court.
TV Licensing is reminding other businesses to make sure they are aware of their licensing requirements in order to avoid the risk of prosecution.
Jenny Murphy, TV Licensing spokesperson for the North, said: “We appreciate these are tough times for businesses, but to be fair to the majority who do pay the licence fee, we have to take action against those who watch TV illegally.
“We’d rather businesses think ahead and check if they need a licence than risk being prosecuted.”
According to research, long-term business reputation is more important than any gains made by cutting corners, particularly when it comes to keeping on the right side of the law.