NEW figures have shown that 30 households in Oxfordshire are still watching TV on black and white screens.

The data, released today by TV Licensing, comes 50 years after the introduction of colour transmissions.

It shows 14 households in Oxford city still choose to pay the cheaper black-and-white only licence fee. 

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Colour licences cost £150.50 while the black-and-white equivalent is £50.50.

Just five households in Banbury are still holding out on the technicolour revolution. 

Oxfordshire however is still ahead of many of its neighbours in the South East.

Essex held the highest number of black and white licences still in operation (140). Kent held the second highest amount with 133, with Sussex was third with 107.

London leads the way with 1,768 black and white licences, followed by West Midlands with 431 and Greater Manchester with 390.

The number of black and white licences issued each year has however been steadily declining.

In 2000 there were 212,000 black and white TV Licences in force, but it now totals just 7,161 nationally.

Cody Want, spokesperson for TV Licensing London and South East, said: “Over half of the UK’s TVs now connect to the internet, so it’s pretty interesting that more than 7,000 households still choose to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly.

“Whether you watch EastEnders, Strictly or Question Time in black and white on a 50-year-old TV set or in colour on a tablet, you need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they are broadcast. You also need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any device.”