Bang on cue the slimy PR harlots at TV Licensing have just released their latest deluge of propaganda about the number of monochrome (black & white) TV licences still in force.
Only a couple of newspapers have so far taken the bait, but we'd expect many more to print TV Licensing's uncorroborable tripe over the coming days.
According to TV Licensing there are currently around 25.5m TV licences across the UK, of which only around 9,000 are for monochrome TV reception. The number of monochrome TV licences has fallen by around 2,000 over the last year or so.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the Outer Hebrides seems to be clinging onto black & white TV the longest, with some 0.16 % of households covered by a monochrome TV licence.
A TV licence is required for any property where equipment is installed or used for the purposes of receiving TV programmes. An annual colour TV licence currently costs £145.50, whereas a monochrome TV licence costs £49.
TV Licensing, via the Telegraph, suggests that Hebridean folk might be more willing to take a chance on buying a cheaper monochrome TV licence, even though they're watching in colour. They do this because they realise, quite correctly, that TV Licensing visits to the Western Isles are very few and far between.
Ian Logie Baird, grandson of TV inventor John and curator of the National Media Museum, told the Telegraph: "I guess there is a risk that people are pretending (to have only monochrome TV reception), but it's a matter of honesty. I think you have to look at cost.
"It’s less than half the price to have a black and white television, a bit like how vintage cars have preferential tax and insurance rates, compared to modern vehicles. While the number does decline every year, there is still a significant number of households."
Please let us know when you see this story appearing in your local newspaper.
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