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23/09/1974 Ceefax: BBC launches first ever Teletext service


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23rd September 1974: BBC launches the Ceefax teletext service

Ceefax was the world's first teletext information service and a forerunner to the current BBC Red Button service. It was started by the BBC in 1974 and ended in October, 2012, after 38 years of broadcasting. The service was intended to transmit a printable page of text during the nocturnal "close-down" period of normal television transmission. Teletext proved to be a reliable text news service, especially during a crisis like the September 2001 attacks.
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