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Editor's Viewpoint: TV licence figures may not be simply black and white

It is astonishing in this multimedia age that more than 500 householders are still watching their favourite programmes on black and white televisions. Quite why anyone would want to have such outmoded devices as their main viewing platforms is puzzling.

Without wishing to blacken anyone's name there is an incentive for some people to tell white lies on their viewing habits. After all a licence for a black and white television at £50.50 is £100 cheaper than for a colour television. If investigators find out that some people are being economical with the truth there could be some red faces. Viewing without the proper licence can attract a fine of up to £1,000.

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