ONLY 16 families in Stafford are still watching their soaps and sitcoms in black and white according to figures released today.
The survey, by TV Licensing, revealed that across the UK the number of families watching black and white TVs has dropped 12 per cent in the past year, with fewer than 12,000 still in use nationwide.
The figures are based on the number of black and white licenses issued, with 212,000 at the turn of the millennium, dropping to 93,000 in 2003 50,000 in 2006 and just 11,550 in force today.
Mark Whitehouse, spokesperson for TV Licensing in the West Midlands, said: “Today’s figures show, even in the digital age, more than 11,000 homes still watch their favourite programmes on black and white televisions.
“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.”
Mr Whitehouse said even though 11,550 may seem a large number, it was tiny compared to the 25 million colour TV Licences issued across theUK.
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