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Black and white TV sets almost extinct in Newquay

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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Endangered species - Just six black and white TV sets are currently registered to homes in Newquay

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BLACK and white televisions are all but extinct in Newquay with just six sets registered with TV Licensing, new figures have revealed.

Nationwide, the most are registered in Bournemouth, with 37, closely followed by Gloucester (31) and Plymouth (30). Penzance just sneaked into the top 10 list with 11 licensed sets.

Across the UK, the number of families watching on black and white TVs has dropped a further 12 per cent in the past year, with fewer than 12,000 sets now in use nation-wide.

With the introduction of colour TV 48 years ago and subsequent advances in technology, the demand for black and white licences has been in steady decline for years.

At the turn of the millennium there were 212,000 black and white licences issued, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000. Just three years later, in 2006, the number was less than 50,000 and today just 11,550 black and white licences remain in force across the UK.

The cost of a black and white TV Licence remains frozen at £49 until BBC Charter Review in 2016. A colour licence costs £145.50

Richard Chapman, spokesman for TV Licensing South West, said: “These figures show, even in the digital age, more than 11,000 homes still watch their favourite programmes on black and white televisions. We may be on the brink of losing black and white sets to the history books, but older technology will always be replaced by exciting new ways of watching live.

“It’s important that no matter how you watch live TV, whether on a black and white set, or online, you’re correctly licensed to do so.”

Iain Logie Baird, associate curator at the National Media Museum, Bradford, and grandson of television inventor John Logie Baird, added: “Despite over 25 million people opting for a colour TV Licence in the UK, it may be some time before the black and white television disappears completely from our living rooms.

“The National Media Museum has hundreds of black and white television sets in its collection and there will always be a small group of people who prefer monochrome images, collect vintage sets or just don't want to throw away a working piece of technology.”

Top 10 ‘black and white towns’ in the South West:

1. Bournemouth 37

2. Gloucester 31

3. Plymouth 30

4. Cheltenham 26

5. Swindon 26

6. Bath 20

7. Exeter 18

8. Poole 15

9. Weston-Super-Mare 12

10. Penzance 11

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  • Boxheater  |  January 07 2014, 12:24PM

    They do visit houses, I can assure you. Their representative did turn up at my house some months after I moved in 2007. I was not at home, so they left a card. Up to that point I had received loads of threatening letters, some of them seriously intimidating, because they alleged that there was someone called "the occupier" at my address who did not have a licence, even though I did have one. I must say that their tactics amount to illegal harrassment in my view, although, give them their due, after receiving the card through my letterbox I felt sufficiently intimidated to call them on the telephone and when I spoke to them they sounded very pleasant and promised to correct their database. This they did in due course, but it did take some time.

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  • Boxheater  |  January 07 2014, 12:21PM

    They do visit houses, I can assure you. Their representative did turn up at my house some months after I moved in 2007. I was not at home, so they left a card. Up to that point I had received loads of threatening letters, some of them seriously intimidating, because they alleged that there was someone called "the occupier" at my address who did not have a licence, even though I did have one. I must say that their tactics amount to illegal harrassment in my view, although, give them their due, after receiving the card through my letterbox I felt sufficiently intimidated to call them on the telephone and when I spoke to them they sounded very pleasant and promised to correct their database. This they did in due course, but it did take some time.

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  • emurfitt  |  January 07 2014, 11:52AM

    Anyone living in fear of TVLA should bear in mind that official people need the appropriate court papers before entering your home. Ask to see the papers. If they don't have this, don't let them in and call the police. Interestingly, they have never actually turned up on my doorstep (I have no licence or TV), but I am resolved not to let them in without our community policeman being present to protect me from excessive zeal. I hope they are taking note.

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  • emurfitt  |  January 07 2014, 11:45AM

    Interesting. So 11,000 households still watch black and white television. The article doesn't mention the fact that these people, and people with no television at all, are relentlessly hounded by the TVLA. I have never needed a TV licence and am nearly 60. I have had these people on my back for most of my adult life - always threatening to enter my home to collect 'evidence' and take me to court. I live in fear of these people smashing up my home to find an illicit TV set before realizing there just isn't one and, just maybe, people like me legitimately exist and should be left alone. They work on the basis that if you do not have a colour licence (with its inflated cost), you are a liar, and they don't leave you alone. The sooner this gestapo-like organization is disbanded the better.

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