19 young adults in Arbroath were among the 27,000 18-25 year olds caught watching live television without a licence in the past year.
The figures were released this week by TV Licensing and the organisation is reminding students, and in particular freshers, 90 per cent of whom are under the age of 25, that it is illegal to watch live television on any device without a TV Licence and could result in a fine of up to £1,000.
Recent research by TV Licensing shows one in 10 undergraduates believe they won’t get caught watching live TV without a licence, while 24 per cent think they can’t be caught watching live TV on a computer, laptop or mobile device.
Kim Hayman, spokesperson for TV Licensing Scotland, said: “On average, students own three devices capable of streaming live TV so it is important they understand the law when it comes TV and devices.
“Watching live TV on any device is illegal, without a TV Licence, and could result in prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.
“If you’re a student and you are worried about paying for a TV Licence, get in touch. We know some people struggle to pay which is why we have many payment options available to spread the cost in smaller, more manageable chunks.
“Once covered, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy TV legally.”
A licence is needed to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
Students living in Arbroath who are in any doubt about whether or not they need a licence are encouraged to check by visitingwww.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo or by calling 0300 790 6113.