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7,000 UK households still watching TV in black and white

More than 7,000 households in the UK are still watching television in black and white, more than 50 years after the advent of colour programming.

London has the largest number of black and white sets at 1,768, followed by the West Midlands with 431 and Greater Manchester with 390.

In total, 7,161 UK households have not switched to colour transmissions, which started in 1967.

The TV Licensing spokesman, Jason Hill, said: “Over half of the UK’s TVs now connect to the internet so it’s interesting that more than 7,000 households still choose to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly.

“Whether you watch EastEnders, Strictly or Question Time in black and white on a 50-year-old TV set or in colour on a tablet, you need to be covered by a TV licence to watch or record programmes as they are broadcast.

“You also need to be covered by a TV licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any device.”