Hundreds still shun colour TV
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.”