Almost 5,000 families still watch TV on black and white set

ALMOST 5,000 families still watch TV on a black and white set — but the number is falling fast.

There were 4,450 mono licences in force on March 31 this year compared with 6,400 on the same day in 2020, figures show.

They cost £53.30 compared with £159 for a colour and make up less than 0.018 per cent of all active licences in the UK.

Almost all mono licences are renewals and not actively policed by the BBC, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

They are accepted “in good faith”.

But a TV Licensing spokesman said: “In fairness to all licence fee payers, we will of course investigate if we’ve reason to believe a black and white licence isn’t valid.”

Last year, the BBC spent £9.25million sending 34million letters demanding missing licence payments.

It was claimed they “generate more funds than they cost to send” but the TaxPayers’ Alliance blasted: “Heavy-handed enforcement like this shows why the licence fee has to go.”

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