Nine homes in Kirkcaldy still have black and white TVs

Black and white television
Black and white television

Despite huge advances in technology nine homes in Kirkcaldy still have a black and white television.

Figures released this week by TV Licensing reveal black and white TV licences have fallen in the Lang Toun, a trend which carries on UK-wide with fewer than 12,000 sets now in use, a drop of 12 per cent in the last year.

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, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000. Just three years later, in 2006, the number was less than 50,000 and today just 11,550 black and white licences remain in force across the UK.

Jim McLauchlan of the Museum of Communication in Burntisland, which has an array of black and white television sets dating back from the ‘30s and spanning through to their demise in the ‘80s, said: “I’m surprised at the number of black and white licences, given the end of analogue, and imagine most of these sets would be the more reliable portable televisions from the 80s as large screen sets would have met their demise by now, due to the lack of spares.

“Aside from the cost of a licence, reasons to keep using a black and white TV could be to watch purely news broadcasts or some may have a nostalgic attachment to black and white while others may not see the need for replacing their television if it still works.”

Stephen Farmer, spokesman for TV Licensing in Scotland, said: “We may be on the brink of losing black and white sets to history, but older technology will always be replaced by exciting new ways of watching live.

“It’s important that no matter how you watch live TV, you’re correctly licensed.”