TV license required to watch Olympics at work

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Olympic gossip: TV Licensing says pay up if your employees watch Games, Beckham gets two jobs at London 2012

LAST UPDATED AT 11:27 ON Tue 10 Jul 2012

TV LICENSING is reminding businesses that they will need to pay up if their employees are watching coverage of the Olympic Games at work. While the enforcement body has confirmed many employers already have a TV license, it warns that 2,800 business addresses were caught without one across the UK in 2010 and 2011, the BBC reports. Catch-up TV services like iPlayer do not require a license, but live streaming broadcasts watched using mobile phones or laptops plugged into the mains at work do. TV Licensing has published a guide for confused business owners. More than 2,500 hours of Olympic coverage will begin on 27 July.

BECKHAM GIVEN 'TWO ROLES' AT OLYMPIC GAMES
Football star David Beckham is set to have "two very clear roles" at the Olympic Games, London 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe has confirmed. Beckham was controversially excluded from the 18-man Team GB football squad despite his high-profile role in securing and promoting London 2012. Exactly what part Beckham might play at the Olympics is still the subject of speculation, but Lord Coe has said he is "scoping a role for him", according to The Guardian. Lord Coe insists that Beckham's part would not be a mere marketing opportunity, saying that he will be "more than an ambassador".

BOLT 'BACK TO NORMAL' FOR OLYMPIC 100M
Star 100m sprinter Usain Bolt is "good to go" for London 2012, his agent Ricky Simms announced last night. Denying reports of a serious back problem, Simms insisted that Bolt suffered nothing more than a tight hamstring during Jamaican Olympic trials last week when he was defeated in the 100m and 200m by Yohan Blake. Days after those disappointing performances in Kingston, Bolt flew to Germany to visit sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, but Simms says Bolt is now training as usual at his London base. "His body is back to normal. The muscle tightness has gone," Simms said. The news will be a "major relief" to the organisers of the Games, who charged up to £725 for men's 100m final tickets, notes The Daily Telegraph.

MOST UNSOLD OLYMPIC TICKETS 'GOING TO SPONSORS'
Hundreds of thousands of unsold Olympic tickets are being sold to sponsors in a closed-door internal sales system, despite Lord Coe's call last year to make them available to the public, The Daily Telegraph claims. Baroness Doocey, a Liberal Democrat peer, has called the scheme "absolutely disgraceful", and says the tickets should go to the "long-suffering public" instead of the already-privileged sponsors. Locog has bought tens of thousands of tickets to sell to the public and, while it confirms the internal system exists, a spokesman said: "We are determined that as many returns as possible will go to the British public." · 

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