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Teletext service to end next year

Published: 12:11PM Thursday December 13, 2012 Source: ONE News

  • TVNZ (Source: ONE News)
    Source: ONE News

TVNZ has announced that the Teletext service will end in April next year.

The service will continue to run until April 2, but from early in the New Year users will be offered details on how to find alternative sources for the information carried on each of the Teletext pages.

TVNZ said the service has been operating for nearly 30 years, but has been quickly overshadowed by 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.

TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick said the company has hung on to Teletext, "for the sake of the relatively small number of people who are regular users".

"We just don't have the resources to maintain a fading service at the level of professionalism that we would want, particularly as most of the information is duplicated on our own or others' websites.

"We understand that Teletext has been an important source of information in its day, and during the next few months we'll be working with the groups who have a special interest in this to help transition people to alternative sources of news and information," said Kenrick.

The Teletext service began in 1984, originally to help New Zealand's deaf community get improved access to news and information.