You won’t see Ceefax again

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

TV text ser­vice Ceefax took its fi­nal bow last night as it suc­cumbed to the fi­nal stage of the UK’s switch to dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion broad­casts.

The world’s first tele­text ser­vice fi­nally ended af­ter 38 years on the BBC when Olympic cham­pion Dame Mary Peters switched off ana­logue trans­mis­sions in North­ern Ire­land.

Launched in 1974, Ceefax gave view­ers the chance to check the lat­est head­lines, weather fore­casts and TV list­ings in a pre-in­ter­net era where the only al­ter­na­tive was to wait for the next bul­letin to be shown.

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