More than 500 people were caught watching television without a licence during a crackdown in the Isle of Man.
During the summer, TV Licensing officers visited unlicensed addresses on the island, to inquire about whether a licence was needed at the home or business.
Those found without a licence are liable for prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
Claire Wotherspoon, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: ‘Today’s figures show that while the vast majority of people on the Isle of Man are correctly licensed, a minority of people still try to evade paying for a TV licence. It’s only fair to the honest majority of licence fee payers that we take action to seek out and prosecute those who are not correctly licensed.
‘We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay their licence fee in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost, including a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card and monthly Direct Debit scheme, which can all be set up very quickly online or over the phone.’
Anyone who watches or records TV programmes as they are being shown on TV needs to be licensed. This includes watching on television sets, computers, mobile phones, tablets, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD/VHS recorders.
The licence fee pays for the BBC.
TV Licensing staff also contacted local money advice organisations and community groups to help to raise awareness among residents of when a licence is needed and the different ways to pay. The BBC is to start broadcasting digital radio services to more of the island. Click here to read our story.