Hun­dreds still shun colour TV

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

AL­MOST 400 Brum­mies are still watch­ing tele­vi­sion in black and white, ac­cord­ing to lat­est fig­ures.

The num­ber of view­ers of black and white TV con­tin­ues to fall, but 50 years af­ter the first colour trans­mis­sion, over 8,000 view­ers are still tun­ing in with­out colour.

In Birm­ing­ham 377 house­holds con­tinue to pay for a black and white tele­vi­sion li­cence, the sec­ond high­est of any lo­ca­tion in the UK.

It is pos­si­ble that the num­ber of peo­ple watch­ing tele­vi­sion in black and white may be higher, as some black and white tele­vi­sions are ca­pa­ble of re­ceiv­ing pic­tures in colour, and as such, cost the owner the full £147 for a li­cence, rather than £49.50 for a black and white li­cence.

Satur­day marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the first colour trans­mis­sion in the UK, when Aus­tralian John New­combe’s vic­tory in the 1967 Wim­ble­don fi­nal was broad­cast on BBC 2.

Fewer than 500 house­holds had a colour TV for the first broad­cast. In com­par­i­son, more than nine mil­lion homes watched last year’s fi­nal, in which Andy Mur­ray reigned supreme.

Mark White­house, TV Li­cens­ing spokesman for the West Mid­lands, said: “It is strik­ing that in an era of HD TV and spec­tac­u­lar true-to-life pic­tures, there are still more than 8,000 view­ers, in­clud­ing 377 in Birm­ing­ham, con­tent to watch spec­tac­u­lar pro­grammes like The Night Man­ager and Planet Earth in mono­chrome.”

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