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A Surprising Number of Brits Still Have Black and White TVs

By Holly Brockwell on at

It's been 50 years since British TV started broadcasting in colour, but apparently some people don't care. Figures released by TV Licensing have revealed that an impressive 7,161 people in the UK are still buying black and white TV licenses for their monochrome sets, which means they're using them to watch live broadcast TV.

Over 1,000 of the B&W licenses are located in London, which has the most by far: the next highest stats are 431 in the West Midlands and 390 in Greater Manchester. Obviously, London has the highest population, but it also has the worst landlords, which makes us wonder if there are people paying £800 a month to rent a cupboard under the stairs with a black and white telly in it.

According to the BBC, there were 212,000 black and white licenses in 2000, so the number has dropped considerably, but we're kind of surprised the license still needs to exist at all.

If you do have a monochrome set, it makes sense to go for the appropriate license, because it's a heck of a lot cheaper: £50.50 instead of £150.50. The TVs themselves are presumably also pretty thrifty, assuming you can even find one.

Well, whatever makes you happy, hipsters.

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