On the BBC's channels on the Astra digital platform the first sad and tangible signs of the beginning of the end for the BBC's CEEFAX service.
May 2001, on Astra Digital, the BBC
replaced the national variants of BBC Choice with new regional variants of
BBC2. With BBC Text now fully operational these new services, in common
with their terrestrial equivalents are not carrying CEEFAX.
These explanatory pages are therefore the only ones carried.
|While on BBC Choice...|
worse news still... as far as BBC ONE and BBC TWO from Astra digital were
concerned it was all over, and even on News 24 the days of CEEFAX are
Unfortunately the pages on BBC Text aren't numbered.
|In early September 2001 Ceefax finally disappeared from BBC CHOICE and BBC KNOWLEDGE, though it continued on BBC NEWS 24 and on BBC ONE, BBC TWO - but for how much longer...?|
|On the afternoon of 19-Sep-2001 the Ceefax service was finally withdrawn from the BBC1 and BBC2 from Astra Digital, and replaced by this page.|
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two frames from BBC World were captured in January 2002. Thus we see yet
another example of the decline in the BBC's
teletext output as the BBC encourage an ever increasing number of hits to
their BBC World website.
Still, if this means the end of the daily breakdown at least the service will become more reliable!
|... and now,
sadly, News 24's Ceefax service also bites the dust.
But wait... what's this...?
BBC teletext from
their newer services | Ceefax In Vision
Ceefax Regional-Extra | An Evening with Ceefax | Christmas wiith Ceefax
Telesoftware | SSVC | The Beginning of the End
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