Only 40 black and white television licences left in Northampton

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Latest figures have revealed there are now just 40 people in Northampton watching black and white televisions.

Figures released by TV Licensing show the number of people across the country using black and white televisions has dropped by 12 per cent in the past year, with fewer than 12,000 sets now in use nation-wide.

The 40 black and white sets in Northampton is the fourth highest number in the East Midlands, behind Derby where there are 50, Leicester where there are 99 and Nottingham where there are 143.

TV Licensing spokesman, Mark Whitehouse, said: “Despite more than 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.
“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.”

In 2000, there were 212,000 black and white television licences issued across the country, but today just 11,550 black and white licences remain in force.

The cost of a black and white television licence is £49. A colour licence costs £145.50.

If a recorder is connected to a black and white television, a colour licence is required.