Over 6,000 homes still use black and white TV

50 years after BBC One started colour transmissions, there's still over 6,000 homes covered by a black and white TV licence.

According to TV Licensing, who have released the data to mark the 50th anniversary of BBC One's colour switch, London has the most black and white TV licences - 1,311 homes have one. Birmingham follows with 323 homes, while in Manchester, 245 households claim to be reliant on black and white TV.

In total, up to September 2019, 6,586 black and white TV licences had been issued, down 575 from a year earlier.

BBC One started regular colour transmissions on 15th November 1969, the same day as the commercially funded ITV. BBC Two was the first channel to launch a colour TV service.

TV Licensing spokesman Paul Cooper said:
When BBC One launched its colour TV service in November 1969, there were only three channels available. Fast-forward to 2019, and more than half (53%) of TV households have in some way an internet connection to their TV and access to hundreds of channels. Whilst only accounting for a very small proportion, it’s interesting to know that some households still like to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly.