Pub owner must pay £8k for Sky TV of­fences

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.

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