The radio and television audience

Broadcast receiving licences 1951 – 1964

Licenses at
31 March
 Total
Radio only 
Radio and television licences combined
 1951 12,369,027 11,546,925 763,941
 1955 13,980,496 9,414,224 4,503,766
 1959 14,736,413 5,423,207 9,255,422
 1964 15,884,679 2,959,011 12,885,331
 1970 18,183,719 2,279,017 15,609,131
 1975 17,700,815  - 17,700,815

Adapted from: BBC Handbook 1976, BBC: London, p. 302.

In 1955, about one third of all households had access to television. By 1960, with 10 million licences issued, 72% of the population had access to television. By the mid 1960s, near total coverage was achieved. (Sandbrook, D. (2005) Never had it so good, London: Abacus, p. 384) 

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