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Published Date: 12 November 2009
VIEWERS across Halifax are still tuning in to black and white TV.
Fifty monochrome licences were bought or renewed in the town last year, according to licence officials.

The figures have been released to mark the 40th anniversary of colour TV.

The first official colour broadcast was on BBC1 at midnight on November 15 1969, featuring a concert with Petula Clark.

Iain Logie Baird, curator of television at the National Media Museum in Bradford, and grandson of inventor John Logie Baird, said: "The arrival of mass colour TV changed programme styles and viewers' perceptions."

Colour TV licences, introduced in January 1968, cost £10.

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    • Last Updated: 12 November 2009 11:02 AM
    • Source: Evening Courier Main
    • Location: Halifax

    Geebobuk for PM,

    12/11/2009 11:32:22
    Why was a colour licence brought in in January 1968 if the first colour broadcast was not for another 22 months?


    halifax 12/11/2009 11:37:05
    what actually happens is that they buy a B/W licence so their name shows on the TV licencing database as having a licence at that house. therefore the licensing people are less likely to investigate that house, as they generally target houses that have no license whatsoever. in reality, they are still probably watching a colour TV.


    12/11/2009 11:38:44
    Bet they love watching the snooker!

    Reminds me of famous quote by a commentator along lines of "for those of you watching in black and white, the brown is next to the red".


    12/11/2009 11:50:05
    Posh bvggers, Peter Avinou still listens in on his crystal set!

    Grumpy Pigskin,

    12/11/2009 11:53:53
    #2 You can try that if you like but you'll find the reality somewhat different. I had a friend who was given a B/W TV when they moved into a house on their own for the first time and couldn't afford to buy a Colour TV. She was hounded and threatened by TV Licensing who clearly didn't believe she only had a B/W TV. A bit like the threats you get if you buy a TV and the license is in your partners name. Let's just say that they may have the addresses of all properties with a TV license but if the surname of the purchaser doesn't match that address, they can't search on the address alone. Crappy software leads to threats and harassment by TV Licensing.

    Hillman Imp,

    12/11/2009 12:40:06
    Can't use a video or DVD with a b/w license, they've always made colour ones !

    Pepper Corn,

    12/11/2009 12:48:48
    I know a colour blind personj who nly has the need for a black and white tv.


    Pepper Corn,

    12/11/2009 12:49:56
    Pardon the rushed spelling.


    Halifax 12/11/2009 13:05:45
    It's very difficult nowadays to find a B&W; TV still working.

    R S,

    12/11/2009 13:06:18
    Or just stop watching tv and use it for dvd playback only, you no longer have to watch the trash they are putting on these days and watch whatever you wish to. And there is no requirement for a license then!


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