Plasma? We haven’t even got colour!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Blaze Horror -

As reg­u­lar read­ers of Nuts and Bolts will know, the team here are a lit­tle bit tra­di­tional, shall we say.

We re­mem­ber fondly the days when po­lice of­fi­cers used to walk the beat, when the New Year’s ar­rival was greeted by the sound of ex­plod­ing cham­pagne corks rather than the screech of mil­lions of fire­works be­ing set off un­til 5am and when the Jan­uary sales were held... in Jan­uary.

So we were de­lighted to hear that there are still nearly 12,000 UK homes watch­ing tele­vi­sion on black and white sets.

But new fig­ures re­leased by TV Li­cens­ing re­veal the num­ber of diehard tra­di­tion­al­ists has dropped a fur­ther 12% in the past year - with just 11,550 black and white li­cences re­main­ing in force across the UK.

At the turn of the mil­len­nium there were 212,000 black and white li­cences is­sued, but by 2003 that num­ber was 93,000. Three years later, in 2006, the num­ber was less than 50,000.

Ac­cord­ing to this year’s fig­ures, Gravesend leads the Li­cens­ing, said: “The lat­est fig­ures show, even in the dig­i­tal age, more than 11,000 homes still watch their favourite pro­grammes on black and white tele­vi­sions. We may be on the brink of los­ing black and white sets to the his­tory books, but older tech­nol­ogy will al­ways be re­placed by ex­cit­ing new ways of watch­ing.”

Iain Lo­gie Baird, as­so­ci­ate cu­ra­tor at the Na­tional Me­dia Mu­seum, Brad­ford, and grand­son of tele­vi­sion in­ven­tor John Lo­gie Baird, added: “De­spite over 25 mil­lion peo­ple opt­ing for a colour TV Li­cence in the UK, it may be some time be­fore the black and white tele­vi­sion dis­ap­pears com­pletely from our liv­ing rooms. The mu­seum has hun­dreds of black and white tele­vi­sion sets in its col­lec­tion and there will al­ways be a small group of peo­ple who pre­fer mono­chrome im­ages, col­lect vin­tage sets or just don’t want to throw away a work­ing piece of tech­nol­ogy.”

And long may they con­tinue to re­main stuck in this de­light­ful time-warp, be­cause there’s noth­ing worse than go­ing to some­one’s house where a gi­ant tele­vi­sion screen cov­ers half the wall of the liv­ing room and you can hardly hear your­self talk be­cause the sur­round-sound sys­tem (or what­ever it’s called th­ese days) is blar­ing out so nois­ily.

The cost of an an­nual black and white TV Li­cence re­mains frozen at £49 un­til the BBC Char­ter Re­view in 2016. A colour li­cence costs £145.50.

Are you one of the small num­ber of peo­ple who still watch TV on a black and white set? If so please let us know by writ­ing to the Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group. co.uk

They may look old­fash­ioned – but black and white tele­vi­sion is still the pre­ferred choice of some view­ers, over mod­ern widescreen colour TVs

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