Just 34 black and white TV licences in Preston

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Licences for black and white televisions in Preston have dropped to just 34, figures released by TV Licensing reveal.

Across the UK, the number of families watching on black and white TVs has dropped a further 12 per cent in the past year, with fewer than 12,000 sets now in use nation-wide.

With advances in technology, the demand for black and white licences has been in steady decline for years. At the turn of the millennium there were 212,000 black and white licences issued and today just 11,550 black and white licences remain in force. According to this year’s figures, Manchester leads the way in black and white TVs with 377 across the North West followed by Liverpool with 174, Bolton with 61.

Paul Williams, of TV Licensing, said: 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.”