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Ceefax closes its virtual doors

Bye Bye Bamboozle
Mon Oct 22 2012, 15:34
Old television

TELEVISUAL TREAT Ceefax has finally closed down and signed off after 38 years of service.

Ceefax launched in 1974 and closed down today, having started to shut down earlier this year.

The service will be fondly remembered as an early internet and many people are recalling the days they spent solving its Bamboozle puzzles, scanning its holiday listings and following its football scores.

The service began its deaththrows in April this year when London's analogue service was shutdown.

Its services have been replaced by the internet, that upstart, and users can now enjoy many of its features via their red button on interactive televisions.

A spoof page doing the rounds on Twitter shows the service blaming its demise on BBC ageism. "By the time you read this I will be dead... frozen out by the powers that be, yet another victim of BBC ageism," it says.

"I can't take it anymore. It's a struggle to get up for the night shift, and my poor pixels are tired. My friend Oracle said it would end like this. Goodbye cruel world."

Ceefax's real sign off page thanks its viewers for their 38 years of watching. µ


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