BUSINESSES in Wirral are being urged to make sure they are correctly licensed for TV as viewing figures show employees are watching live television while at work.

TV Licensing’s reminder today comes in the wake of recent BBC iPlayer figures which show five of the top 20 live TV programmes viewed via the platform last year were televised during business hours.

Those watching numbered more than 800,000.

In 2013, the organisation visited more than 60 businesses in the borough to check they were correctly licensed.

If a worker is caught watching TV illegally, the business or the employee may be held liable and fined up to £1,000.

A licence is required if anyone - staff or customers - watches or records TV programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, whether on a TV, tablet, computer or any other type of equipment.

Last year, TV Licensing officers visited more than 33,000 businesses across the UK, ranging from takeaway restaurants and holiday parks to garages, hair salons and sports clubs, to confirm if they were correctly licensed.