Monochrome magic as 34 Brighton and Hove residents still own black and white TV

Monochrome magic as 34 Brighton and Hove residents still own black and white TV

Monochrome magic as 34 Brighton and Hove residents still own black and white TV

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While many of us may be enjoying the latest TV shows and films on 3D or giant plasma screens, for a small number of people the black-and-white telly is just fine and dandy.

New figures reveal there are still scores of TV viewers in the county happy to watch their TV in monochrome, 45 years after the first colour televisions came on sale in the UK.

Brighton and Hove is the television timebomb hotspot with 34 black and white licence holders.


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There are also 12 residents in Eastbourne, 11 in Crawley and 10 in Worthing and Bexhill all receiving the latest news and TV shows in the old style, first created by one-time Hastings resident John Logie Baird in 1926.

But the old traditionalists are on their way out with the number of black and white licence holders falling sharply in the past two years.

In 2011 there were more than 150 households watching black and white TV in Brighton and Hove with another 28 in both Eastbourne and Worthing.

The fall locally mirrors the national picture where the 212,000 black and white licence holders at the turn of the millennium has dropped to just 11,550 black and white licences today.

For colour TV refuseniks, most black and white TVs are still capable of receiving a digital signal if they are connected to a digibox.

The retro watchers also make a saving on their TV licences with a black and white licence setting back residents just £49 compared to £145.50 a year.

Iain Logie Baird, associate curator at the National Media Museum and grandson of television inventor John Logie Baird, said: “There will always be a small group of people who continue to make the most of black and white TV.

“They may prefer monochrome images, collect vintage sets or just don't want to throw away a working piece of technology.”

Emma Cowlard, TV Licensing spokeswoman, said: “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 live.

“It’s important that no matter how you watch live TV, whether on a black and white set, or online, you’re correctly licensed to do so.”

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7:43am Sat 11 Jan 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Am I being thick? A "score" is 20, ergo "scores of people" must be 40+. Yet, the figure is only 34. Very odd.

By the way, I still have a Sony Discman that I use quite a lot. Can't abide Ipods! Will this make the news?
Am I being thick? A "score" is 20, ergo "scores of people" must be 40+. Yet, the figure is only 34. Very odd. By the way, I still have a Sony Discman that I use quite a lot. Can't abide Ipods! Will this make the news? LeonBIank666
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7:45am Sat 11 Jan 14

twonk says...

You are being very thick.
You are being very thick. twonk
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8:40am Sat 11 Jan 14

Sussex jim says...

All the figures reveal is that "scores" of households are paying for a monochrome licence. How many of them actually use colour TVs' but save about £100 a year cheating the system?
All the figures reveal is that "scores" of households are paying for a monochrome licence. How many of them actually use colour TVs' but save about £100 a year cheating the system? Sussex jim
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9:43am Sat 11 Jan 14

RK_Brighton says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
Am I being thick? A "score" is 20, ergo "scores of people" must be 40+. Yet, the figure is only 34. Very odd.

By the way, I still have a Sony Discman that I use quite a lot. Can't abide Ipods! Will this make the news?
"Scores in the county", of which there are more than 34.

The headline may well be wrong though, as it says 34 people own a black and white TV. The 34 actually refers to people with black and white licence - more people could still own and be using a black and white TV, but also have colour sets, for which they'd need a colour licence.
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: Am I being thick? A "score" is 20, ergo "scores of people" must be 40+. Yet, the figure is only 34. Very odd. By the way, I still have a Sony Discman that I use quite a lot. Can't abide Ipods! Will this make the news?[/p][/quote]"Scores in the county", of which there are more than 34. The headline may well be wrong though, as it says 34 people own a black and white TV. The 34 actually refers to people with black and white licence - more people could still own and be using a black and white TV, but also have colour sets, for which they'd need a colour licence. RK_Brighton
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