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More than 100 Lancashire households watch black and white TV

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Published by Alice Sofield at 10:16am 8th November 2018 (Updated 10:18am 8th November 2018)

After more than 50 years of colour transmissions, over 7000 black and white TV Licences are still in force across the UK - and 106 of those are in Lancashire!

A surprising number of Lancashire households are spurning 21st Century technology in favour of nostalgic monochrome TV sets. More than 100 are still watching television via black and white TV sets, rather than enjoying modern classics like The Bodyguard, McMafia and Killing Eve, in full colour. That's according to new figures released by TV licensing. 

According to this year’s figures, London leads the way with 1768 black and white licences, followed by West Midlands with 431 monochrome licences and Greater Manchester with 390 monochrome licences. In Lancashire, Preston and Blackburn top the list with 24 and 15 households respectively.

The number of black and white licences issued each year has, however, steadily been declining. In 2000 there were 212,000 black and white TV Licences in force, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000. By 2015, the number had dipped below 10,000.

Matthew Thompson, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:

“Over half of the UK’s TVs now connect to the internet, so it’s interesting that more than 7,000 households still choose to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly.

“Whether you watch EastEnders, Strictly or Question Time in black and white on a 50-year-old TV set or in colour on a tablet, you need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they are broadcast. You also need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any device.”

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