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Penzance still has fans of black-and-white TV

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

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PENZANCE leads the way in Cornwall for the number of households which still watch their favourite TV programmes in black and white, says TV Licensing.

Its figures indicate there are 11 black and white TV licences in the town, 2 more than Redruth, while St Ives and Camborne have 5 apiece.

Across the UK, the total number of households watching on black and white TVs has dropped a further 12 per cent in the past year, with fewer than 12,000 sets now in use nation-wide, compared to 212,000 in the year 2000.

Iain Logie Baird, associate curator at the National Media Museum in Bradford and grandson of television's 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.

"There will always be a small group of people who prefer monochrome images, collect vintage sets or just don't want to throw away a working piece of technology."

According to this year's figures, in the South West Bournemouth leads the way with 37 black and white licences, followed closely by Gloucester and Plymouth; Penzance is in tenth place.

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