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Statistics released by TV Licensing revealed that 7,161 such licences are still in force across the UK.

In Scotland, Glasgow leads the way with 105 black-and-white licences, followed by Lanarkshire with 49 and Edinburgh with 41.

However, the number of such licences issued each year has been steadily dropping.

In 2000, there were 212,000 monochrome TV licences across the UK, but it had shrunk to 93,000 by 2003.

By 2015, the number had dipped below 10,000.

Fergus Reid, of TV Licensing, said: “Over half of the UK’s TVs now connect to the internet, so it’s interesting that more than 400 households in Scotland and more than 7,000 households across the UK still choose to watch their favourite shows on a black and white television.

“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.”

Jim McLauchlan, from the Museum of Communications in Fife, said: “I know first-hand the value of black-and-white TVs. 

“A friend of mine never had a colour TV and the reason was that all he wanted to view was the News and the occasional current affairs programme, and to him watching that in black and white was good enough.

“You also can’t overstate the cost of keeping up with new technology, which can be a real barrier.

“However, for many people, nostalgia also has a part to play.”

Source : EXPRESS

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