Over 300 Scottish households still watch television programmes on black and white sets, according to new figures.

A report from TV licensing Scotland stated 383 black and white licenses were in use across the country at the end of September 2019 - down from 420 the previous year.

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It comes just days before the BBC celebrates 50 years of a full colour television service after launching the groundbreaking technology in November 1969.

Glasgow was revealed as the Scottish capital of monochrome entertainment, with 136 sets still in use, while Edinburgh had 41.

Customers are charged a one-off annual fee of £154.50 for a colour television licence, however a black and white equivalent costs just £52.

Fergus Reid, spokesperson for TV Licensing Scotland, said: “When BBC One launched its colour TV service in November 1969, there were only three channels available.”


“Fast forward to 2019, and more than half of TV households have in some way an internet connection to their TV and access to hundreds of channels.”

He added: “Whilst only accounting for a very small proportion it’s interesting to know that some households still like to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly.”

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The first colour television programmes offered on terrestrial television started in 1966, when events including the Eurovision Song Contest, the Olympic Games and Wimbledon were broadcast in glorious technicolour for the first time.

However, it was not until two years later the corporation offered full coverage in colour, with Star Trek, the Harry Secombe Show and Match of the Day making up the first colour running order.