Internet kills off Britain’s Teletext after 35 years

After three years in the red, Associated Newspapers is to kill off the pioneering television information serviceAt a time when the internet was nothing but a distant dream and pressing the red button just turned the television off, Teletext was the king of instant information.But yesterday, 35 years after the service first flickered into life, it was announced that the news and information provider, one of the last technological bastions of the pre-internet age, will be closed prematurely.Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Daily Mail and a division of Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), had planned to close Teletext to coincide with the switchover to digital television in 2012. But the company said that the growth of the internet, as well as recent poor financial performance, had pulled the service into the red.

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