Pub owner must pay £8k for Sky TV offences
A HEYWOOD pub must pay out more than £8,000 for illegally showing Sky Sports to customers without the correct licence.
Eric Hoyle, licensee of the Summit Pub on Bury New Road, was found guilty of three offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission after showing Sky Sports without a commercial agreement. He was fined £2,000 for each offence, on top of a £120 victim surcharge and costs of £2,116.80.
In total, the landlord was told to pay £8,236.80 at Bolton Magistrates Court.
FACT, an intellectual property protection body, brought the case against Hoyle and he was found guilty in his absence.
FACT claimed the pub had been broadcasting games from the sports channel without paying the additional fee required for commercial screening.
Stephen Gerrard, prosecuting manager at FACT, said: “These cases should send a clear warning to pub owners and licensees.”
The M.E.N. has contacted the Summit Pub for comment.