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August 20, 2009

Pub fined for showing foreign satellite Premier League

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by David Allen

Yet another pub landlord has been fined for showing live Premier League football matches from a foreign satellite channel.

Peter Sankey, of the Doverdale Arms in Droitwich, admitted that he was showing the live Premier League games after acquiring equipment capable of receiving broadcasts from the Albanian broadcaster DigitAlb, and was fined £800.

This is not the first time that a landlord as been caught doing this, and the thing that gives it away is the channel’s logo.

If Media Protection Agency (MPA) officers visit premises and spot the logo, the game’s up for the landlord.

Currently the basic cost of a Sky Sports package for a pub is £7,521 per year, while the cost of the subscription to receive the Albanian channel Digitalb is £500 from the Coventry based Dreambox.

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