New figures released today by TV Licensing show that after more than 50 years of colour transmissions, over 7000 black and white TV Licences are still in force across the UK, although numbers are steadily declining.
91 households in Derbyshire, down from 103 in 2017, 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.
Despite an increase in the use of smart televisions, as well as tablets and smart-phones to access TV content, a surprising number of Derbyshire households are spurning 21 st Century technology in favour of nostalgic monochrome TV sets.
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. The highest concentration of Derbyshire’s black and white TV Licences is in Derby itself, with 36 such licences in force.
Elsewhere in the county, Chesterfield has the highest number with 9 households with monochrome TV sets.
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.
Mark Binnersley, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “Over half of the UK’s TVs now connect to the internet 1 , 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.”