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Handful of Cornish folk still watch black and white TV

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: January 11, 2014

Handful of Cornish folk still watch black and white TV

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Just a handful of people still own black and white TVs, new figures released by TV Licensing show.

The number of black and white licences issued in the past year have dropped to just 11 in Penzance, nine in Redruth, and five each in St Ives and Camborne.

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 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.

Iain Logie Baird, Associate Curator at the National Media Museum, Bradford, and grandson of television inventor John Logie Baird, said: “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.”

According to this year’s figures, Bournemouth (37) leads the way in the number of black and white licenses across the South West, followed closely by Gloucester (31) and Plymouth (30).

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.

A TV Licence is needed if you’re watching or recording programmes at the same time as they’re shown on TV and can be bought online in minutes at tvlicensing.co.uk

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