UK still has 13,000 black-and-white TVs

BBC News:

More than 13,000 households across the UK are still using black-and-white television sets, according to the TV Licensing authority.

London had the highest number of monochrome licences, at 2,715, followed by Birmingham and Manchester, it said.

The number of licences issued each year has dwindled from 212,000 in 2000. A total of 13,202 monochrome licences were in force at the start of 2013.

It’s £49 for a B&W licence and £145.50 for a colour licence. I bet at least a quarter of this number are fraudulent and a further quarter are for people who already have a colour licence but just forgot. Even if that’s the case, that’s a hell of a lot of B&W televisions still in use.

If you’re unfamiliar with the TV licence, it’s essentially a tax to fund the BBC that is paid for by anyone who owns a TV (or even device) that can receive television broadcasts[^1]. The Beeb is a public service broadcasting station and instead of ads, it’s primary income is from the TV licence.[^1]: Even if you don’t have a TV but use BBC’s iPlayer service on your iPhone, you have to buy a TV licence.