The Teletext magazine service operated by TVNZ will close at midday on April 2nd 2013 its time brought to an end by obsolete teletext technology and the widespread use of the internet as a superior alternative.
However television captioning a service available through Teletext and used extensively by the hearing impaired community will continue unchanged.
The Teletext service began in 1984, originally to help New Zealands deaf community get improved access to news and information.
Over the last few years, the information services carried on the Teletext magazine have been overshadowed by the explosion of information available on the internet. As well, TVNZ has been struggling with breakdowns and repairs caused by ageing technology.
TVNZ has hung on to Teletext as long as it could for the sake of the relatively small number of people who are regular users, but Teletext services have been closing around the globe for some time.
TVNZ does not have the resources to maintain the service at the level of professionalism that we would want, particularly as most of the information is duplicated on websites and in published material.