Sheffield TV viewers watching black and white world

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It is still a black and white world for more than 100 Sheffield viewers – who have still to invest in a colour TV.

Figures from TV Licensing show the number of black and white sets in the city has fallen to just 111 - with fewer than 12,000 registered nationwide.

Sheffield still has more black and white sets than any other city in the north-eastern region, apart from Leeds, with 165.

Cost may be a factor for some, as a black and white licence costs just £49 compared to £145.50 for a colour version.

Licensing officers believe monochrome TV sets could soon be just museum pieces, 48 years after the first colour transmissions.

At the turn of the century, there were still 212,000 black and white licences issued.

However, since the digital switchover the figure has plummeted.

Paul Williams, TV Licensing spokesman, said: “Today’s figures show, even in the digital age, more than 11,000 homes still watch their favourite shows in black and white.

“We may be on the brink of losing black and white sets to the history books, but older technology will always be replaced by exciting new ways of watching live.”

Iain Logie Baird, associate curator at Bradford’s National Media Museum and grandson of TV inventor John Logie Baird said: “It may be some time before the black and white TV disappears completely. We have hundreds of black and white sets in our collection and there will always be people who prefer monochrome images or just don’t want to throw away a working piece of technology.”