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So then, just how many of us still use black-and-white televisions? Well, despite the digital age, here in Newcastle 85 households still prefer black-and-white TV sets, according to the TV Licensing Authority. That may seem alot, but Leeds has the highest figure at in the North at 183.

But why on earth would people still want to watch TV in black-and-white? Maybe because it's cheaper. The cost of a black-and-white TV licence remains frozen at PS49 until BBC Charter Review in 2016. Meanwhile, a colour licence costs PS145.50. Also, for some retro enthusiasts, restoring and using black-and-white televisions is a hobby.

Hmm, very strange. So how many people have across the country are yet to make the leap to colour? In 2000 there were 212,000 black-and-white TV Licences issued, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000 and in 2006 the number was less than 50,000. At the start of 2013, just 13,202 black-and-white licenses were in force across the UK.

Remind me, just when was the first TV used? It was in January 1926 the first public demonstration of television was made to members of the Royal Institution by John Logie Baird in his London Laboratory. In November 1936 the BBC began broadcasting high-definition programmes from Alexandra Palace to the London area.

And when did things switch to colour? Beginning in the late 1960s, British households began the rather expensive process of investing in their first colour televisions. Programmers sought to attract their new audience with brightly coloured fare such as the Avengers, Z Cars, Dad's Army, and The Prisoner.

What does the future hold for television? TV manufacturers are developing new technology all the time. Products with screens with 33-megapixel resolutions, projectors that blend their output to go as large as you want and screenless displays are all future possibilities.

How many people now own televisions? The Broadcasters' Audience Research Board estimates 26.8 million private domestic households (approximately 97% of households) in the UK own televisions. This figure is a measure of households only and does not include other premises like businesses.

What other exciting developments did viewers experience? The 9th World Cup finals in Mexico in 1970. They were not only the very first to be televised in colour, but also the first that viewers in Europe were able to watch live via trans-Atlantic satellite.

Who oversaw the change? David Attenborough was controller of BBC2 at the time.

He was responsible for overseeing the new colour service. He promised colour programming based on what the BBC could produce from its own studios plus imports.

Exactly which was the first colour programme? On July 1 1967, BBC2 launched Europe's first colour service with the Wimbledon tennis championships, presented by David Vine. By mid 1968, nearly every BBC2 programme was in colour. Six months later, colour came to BBC1.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jan 12, 2013
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