Thousands still watch TV in black and white

Children watch Andy Pandy in 1950

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Children watch Andy Pandy in 1950

More than 7,000 people still watch TV in black and white some-more than half a century after colour broadcasts began.

London has a many TV licences for black and white sets during 1,768, followed by 431 in a West Midlands and 390 in Greater Manchester.

A sum of 7,161 UK households have unsuccessful to start examination in colour notwithstanding transmissions starting in 1967.

BBC2 was a initial channel to frequently promote in colour from Jul that year with a Wimbledon tennis tournament.

The series of black and white licences has roughly halved in a past 5 years and is down from 212,000 in 2000.

The total were expelled by TV Licensing in what appears to be a sign that anyone examination radio contingency by law have a TV licence.

Spokesman Jason Hill said: “Whether we watch EastEnders, Strictly or Question Time in black and white on a 50-year-old TV set, or in colour on a tablet, we need to be lonesome by a TV looseness to watch or record programmes as they are broadcast.

“You also need to be lonesome by a TV looseness to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any device.”

Last month a organization pronounced some-more than 26,000 immature people aged 18 to 25 were caught examination live TV or BBC iPlayer but a TV licence in a past year. That was notwithstanding 92% of students meaningful a looseness is compulsory to locate adult on their favourite shows.

A black and white looseness has one graphic advantage over a colour equivalent: it is a third of a price during £50.50 a year compared with £150.50.

Neither does TV Licensing lift out checks of households claiming to watch a black and white set. “It’s wholly finished on trust,” a orator said.

Television and radio record historian Jeffrey Borinsky pronounced collectors like him still have countless black and white TVs.

“Who wants all this new-fangled 4K Ultra HD, satellite dishes or a shade that’s bigger than your room when we can have stately black and white TV?” he asked.

“Thirty years ago, we could still buy black and white TVs, especially tiny portables, for as small as £50 and it’s engaging to know that some people still have them.”

It is no longer probable to buy a new black and white set, yet many are still offering for sale on sites such as Gumtree and eBay.