|Library and Archives - 38 year history is now at an end. What's all this about?..... Ceefax has done its final broadcast.|
Many of us tuned in and valued the scrolling pages of Ceefax rolling onto our TV screens with up to the minute news and regional facts.
It all began in 1974 when it was first broadcast by the BBC. Its’ name is derived from the phonetic “see facts”. With the digital switchover completed 23:32:19 BST on 23 October 2012 in Northern Ireland the interactive service finally breathed its last analogue “breath” or should we say “dots”. Its digital replacement is the “Red Button” – easier to use and with ability to show images as well as text and quite a different animal.
Many a breaking news story was first put out on Ceefax – sometimes erroneously – see 10 facts that you are unlikely to know about Ceefax
Surprisingly, little is published about the much respected Ceefax but here are some articles which can be viewed on EbscoHost databases:
BBC News Lands on French Teletel Videotex Network
BBCi adopts page numbers for interactive TV to aid navigation
ETV in print
Auntie is a dab hand with the Web
Teletext and Viewdata Services In British Public Libraries
Televisions hidden resource
And here are some items to view in the IET library:
Broadcast and wired teletext systems - CEEFAX, ORACLE, VIEWDATA (IEE colloquium published in 1976)
CEEFAX (A series of information sheets 1975)
Let’s enjoy the good memories of ceefax!
Posted By: Cathy Firebrace @ 25 October 2012 05:10 PM General
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