City still likes the joy of vintage television

Black and white favourites - Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men
Black and white favourites - Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men
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FIGURES reveal some people in Portsmouth still enjoy using black and white televisions.

Statistics gathered by TV Licensing show 21 residents prefer using them to colour TVs, tablets, laptops and other gadgets like smart phones.

Across the UK, more than 13,000 households still have a black and white television. In 2000, there were 212,000 black and white licence holders, but by 2003 the number had fallen to 93,000. In 2006, the number was less than 50,000.

Victoria Sykes, spokeswoman for TV Licensing in London and the South East, said: ‘It’s remarkable that with the digital switchover complete, 41 per cent of UK households owning HDTVs and Britons leading the world in accessing TV content over the internet, more than 13,000 households still watch their favourite programmes on a black and white telly.’

John Trenouth, a TV and radio technology historian, said: ‘The number of black and white TV sets in regular use has fallen dramatically over the last few years.’