Bournemouth tops South West towns for residents still with black and white televisions

LICENCES: There are 52 black and white TVs in the area

LICENCES: There are 52 black and white TVs in the area

First published in News

THERE are more people with black and white television licences in Bournemouth than any other town in the south west, according to the latest figures.

TV Licensing records, released yesterday, reveal 37 black and white licences are held in Bournemouth and 15 in neighbouring Poole.

Iain Logie Baird, associate curator at the National Media Museum – and grandson of television inventor John Logie Baird – 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.”

At the turn of the millennium there were 212,000 black and white licences issued nationally, but that number has shrunk today to just 11,550.

The cost of a black and white television licence remains frozen at £49 until at least 2016.

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12:15pm Tue 7 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

Amazing
Amazing hooplaa
  • Score: 7

12:19pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

Surprised its not Christchurch?
Surprised its not Christchurch? BarrHumbug
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12:28pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Merleyman says...

They probably have a colour TV, but a B & W licence.
They probably have a colour TV, but a B & W licence. Merleyman
  • Score: 10

12:44pm Tue 7 Jan 14

smhinto says...

It is not surprising with the number of 'blue-rinse' brigades that we have in Bournemouth.
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Mind you my elderly aunt who sadly passed away in the 1980's never had a t.v at all. She described them 'fangled falderdash' and continued to listen to Dick Barton special agent and The Archers on a radio the size of an old 26 inch t.v.
It is not surprising with the number of 'blue-rinse' brigades that we have in Bournemouth. . Mind you my elderly aunt who sadly passed away in the 1980's never had a t.v at all. She described them 'fangled falderdash' and continued to listen to Dick Barton special agent and The Archers on a radio the size of an old 26 inch t.v. smhinto
  • Score: 7

12:44pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

I bought a white car because I thought it was cheaper to licence.
I bought a white car because I thought it was cheaper to licence. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: -4

12:53pm Tue 7 Jan 14

H2o-hara says...

The price of a black & white TV remains frozen until 2016 . Then what ? I expect the tv companies will double it as a punishment for not upgrading .
The price of a black & white TV remains frozen until 2016 . Then what ? I expect the tv companies will double it as a punishment for not upgrading . H2o-hara
  • Score: 5

1:12pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

Must be still watching the Black and White Minsteral Show.
Must be still watching the Black and White Minsteral Show. Lord Spring
  • Score: 5

1:28pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

H2o-hara wrote:
The price of a black & white TV remains frozen until 2016 . Then what ? I expect the tv companies will double it as a punishment for not upgrading .
Those with a B&W licence are all probably over 75, so they don't have to pay for it anyway?

Some just don't like change, I know someone who only in his mid 50's still had a tv from Radio Rentals and he'd never upgraded it from the first set they gave him during the 20 years he was renting it. He couldn't believe it when, on finally buying a tv they told him they weren't interested in collecting it and asked if he'd take it to the tip LOL
[quote][p][bold]H2o-hara[/bold] wrote: The price of a black & white TV remains frozen until 2016 . Then what ? I expect the tv companies will double it as a punishment for not upgrading .[/p][/quote]Those with a B&W licence are all probably over 75, so they don't have to pay for it anyway? Some just don't like change, I know someone who only in his mid 50's still had a tv from Radio Rentals and he'd never upgraded it from the first set they gave him during the 20 years he was renting it. He couldn't believe it when, on finally buying a tv they told him they weren't interested in collecting it and asked if he'd take it to the tip LOL BarrHumbug
  • Score: 3

1:34pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Jetwasher says...

Must be mad paying these rip of merchants for any type of Tv licence..
Must be mad paying these rip of merchants for any type of Tv licence.. Jetwasher
  • Score: 5

4:32pm Tue 7 Jan 14

static kill says...

There is a myth that TV detector vans can't tell the difference between a colour TV and black and white TVs, so if you have a b&w licence and watch a colour TV you wont get caught. There is also a myth that TV detector vans can detect anything at all.
There is a myth that TV detector vans can't tell the difference between a colour TV and black and white TVs, so if you have a b&w licence and watch a colour TV you wont get caught. There is also a myth that TV detector vans can detect anything at all. static kill
  • Score: 2

4:47pm Tue 7 Jan 14

apm1954 says...

now we have the facts in black and white.
now we have the facts in black and white. apm1954
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Townee says...

static kill wrote:
There is a myth that TV detector vans can't tell the difference between a colour TV and black and white TVs, so if you have a b&w licence and watch a colour TV you wont get caught. There is also a myth that TV detector vans can detect anything at all.
But the myth is not true. They can detect the frequency being received and if using a hand held can even tell in which room it's being used. So watch out, watch out you will be caught out.
[quote][p][bold]static kill[/bold] wrote: There is a myth that TV detector vans can't tell the difference between a colour TV and black and white TVs, so if you have a b&w licence and watch a colour TV you wont get caught. There is also a myth that TV detector vans can detect anything at all.[/p][/quote]But the myth is not true. They can detect the frequency being received and if using a hand held can even tell in which room it's being used. So watch out, watch out you will be caught out. Townee
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Carolyn43 says...

My father-in-law always maintained that colour TV gave him a headache until he was eligible for a free license. Then the headaches mysterious didn't happen any more.
My father-in-law always maintained that colour TV gave him a headache until he was eligible for a free license. Then the headaches mysterious didn't happen any more. Carolyn43
  • Score: 2

8:12pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

You'll be telling us next that there are people out there that still have trim phones with a GPO shared party line.
You'll be telling us next that there are people out there that still have trim phones with a GPO shared party line. BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

10:48am Wed 8 Jan 14

BournemouthMum says...

BIGTONE wrote:
You'll be telling us next that there are people out there that still have trim phones with a GPO shared party line.
LOL!

They probably don't even have an electricity supply.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: You'll be telling us next that there are people out there that still have trim phones with a GPO shared party line.[/p][/quote]LOL! They probably don't even have an electricity supply. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 0

11:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

rotcoddam says...

What I have never been able to understand is why the black and white licence is cheaper than colour. Except in the very early years of colour all viewers have been receiveing the same transmission. If I have a rubbish old mono record player I don't get my records any cheaper, one still pays the same petrol tax regardless of the quality of car you drive.There are loads of other instances where no price reduction is made because your equipment does not get the full benifit of the service provided.
What I have never been able to understand is why the black and white licence is cheaper than colour. Except in the very early years of colour all viewers have been receiveing the same transmission. If I have a rubbish old mono record player I don't get my records any cheaper, one still pays the same petrol tax regardless of the quality of car you drive.There are loads of other instances where no price reduction is made because your equipment does not get the full benifit of the service provided. rotcoddam
  • Score: 0

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