View­ers still­spurn useof colourTV

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clare Haughey - Gra­ham Miller

New fig­ures show that 49 house­holds in La­nark­shire are still watch­ing tele­vi­sion on black and white sets – after more than 50 years of colour trans­mis­sions.

More than 400 black and white li­cences are still in force in Scot­land and over 7000 across the UK as peo­ple opt for nos­tal­gic mono­chrome TV sets rather than en­joy­ing modern clas­sics like The Body­guard in full colour.

De­spite an in­crease in the use of smart tele­vi­sions – as well as tablets and smart­phones to ac­cess TV con­tent – a sur­pris­ing number con­tinue to spurn 21st cen­tury tech­nol­ogy, although fig­ures are steadily de­clin­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to this year’s data, Glas­gow leads the way with 105 black and white li­cences, fol­lowed by La­nark­shire with 49 mono­chrome li­cences and Ed­in­burgh with 41.

Fer­gus Reid, spokesper­son for TV Li­cens­ing, said: “More than half of the UK’s TVs now con­nect to the in­ter­net, but whether you watch in black and white or in colour on a tablet, you need to be cov­ered by a TV li­cence to watch or record pro­grammes as they are broad­cast.”

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