Magherafelt a black and white TV licence hotspot

Black and white TV days
Black and white TV days

MAGHERAFELT has been named as one of the top 10 places in Northern Ireland for black and white TV licences.

Figures released by TV Licencing revealed that 32 homes in the Magherafelt area have black and white licences - a huge number in comparison with the 113 registered in the much larger Belfast area.

Overall there were 850 black and white licences in Northern Ireland.

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, 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.

Deborah King spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “Today’s figures show, even in the digital age, more than 800 homes in Northern Ireland still watch their favourite programmes on black and white televisions. “

Ms King added: “It’s important that no matter how you watch live TV, whether on a black and white set, or online, you’re correctly licensed to do so.”