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History:  Television and Radio Licence Count in Wales
By 1951some people in Wales were able to pick up signals from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.  The one in Pembrokeshire is listed as Tenby: how did they pick up anything at all beats me! The total number of licences in the UK had risen to 703,000, most of which were around London and the Home counties.  This compares with a total of 11.7 million sound-only Radio licences.  The next transmitter at Holme Moss, near Holmfirth in the North of England was due to start in August 1951.

Counties

January 1951
TV Licences

Anglesey 41
Brecon 27
Caernarvonshire 241
Cardiganshire 3
Carmarthenshire 20
Denbighshire 1,290
Flintshire 394
Glamorganshire 252
Merionethshire 19
Monmouthshire 708
Montgomeryshire 99
Pembrokeshire 1
Radnorshire 32
Total 3,127

 

In September 1955 total UK TV licences reached 4.88 million whilst sound only declined to 9.2 million.  By 1956, the Wenvoe transmitting station in South Wales had been operational nearly four years.  Television ownership was now becoming more popular (well in the South anyway).  Total UK TV licences in January were over 5.4 million whilst sound-only radio licences totalled 8.8 million.  By June there were 5.9 million and 8.4 million respectively. For September the numbers were 6.1 million and 8.2 million respectively. 

 

Counties Sep 1955
TV Licences
Jan 1956
TV Licences
Jun 1956
TV Licences
Sep 1956
TV Licences
Anglesey 846 982 1,188 1,325
Brecon 660 796 940 1,005
Caernarvonshire 10,362 11,973 13,325 13,819
Cardiganshire 222 273 357 379
Carmarthenshire 10,470 12,286 13,991 14,526
Denbighshire 13,293 14,760 16,210 16,673
Flintshire 9,908 10,979 11,795 12,342
Glamorganshire 121,105 135,663 150,012 154,727
Merionethshire 424 495 604 615
Monmouthshire 42,514 47,518 51,928 53,090
Montgomeryshire 1,605 1,764 2,180 2,285
Pembrokeshire 4,791 5,425 6,135 6,351
Radnorshire 536 639 759 807
Total 216,736 243,553 269,424 277,944

 

By 1960, television had become the dominant form of home entertainment in Wales over radio.  Only in some of the smaller, more remote areas did radio (sound-only) licences still outweigh TV licences.  The total licence count for the United Kingdom was 4.5 million for sound and 10.5 million for TV - about the same ratio as in Wales.

 

Counties December 1958
TV Licence
December 1958
Sound Licence
December 1959
TV Licence
December 1959
Sound Licence
January 1960
TV Licence
January 1960
Sound Licence
Anglesey 2,431 2,786 3,117 2,128 3,424 1,934
Brecon 1,769 2,724 2,243 2,265 2,376 2,082
Caernarvonshire 24,764 30,861 30,121 26,030 32,648 24,389
Cardiganshire 3,765 8,070 5,289 7,020 5,941 6,420
Carmarthenshire 24,945 26,394 31,124 22,001 33,157 20,407
Denbighshire 23,918 13,595 26,654 11,293 28,102 10,490
Flintshire 17,701 9,421 19,121 8,776 20,197 8,426
Glamorganshire 229,384 119,576 261,996 91,538 271,227 85,172
Merionethshire 2,030 6,221 2,954 5,497 3,342 5,153
Monmouthshire 78,456 44,706 89,969 35,146 93,540 32,537
Montgomeryshire 4,360 8,306 5,503 7,431 5,935 7,103
Pembrokeshire 11,303 12,223 13,826 9,989 14,851 9,080
Radnorshire 1,604 4,124 2,014 3,687 2,132 3,543
Total 426,430 289,007 496,931 232,801 516,872 216,736
 
By the end of March 1961, television was really beginning to grow at the expense of sound only (radio) licences.   The total licence count for the United Kingdom was 3,5 million for sound and 11.8 million for TV - about the same ratio as in Wales.

 

Counties March 1962
TV Licence
March 1962
Sound Licence
Anglesey 3,905 1,516

  

Brecon 2,891 1,622
Caernarvonshire 39,821 19,096
Cardiganshire 7,856 4,830
Carmarthenshire 40,716 15,376
Denbighshire 31,500 8,138
Flintshire 23,776 6,454
Glamorganshire 297,856 61,869
Merionethshire 4,652 4,099
Monmouthshire 104,136 23,485
Montgomeryshire 7,644 5,611
Pembrokeshire 17,692 7,059
Radnorshire 3,026 2,758
Total 585,471 161,913