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ELECTION 2001

Unlike the previous UK General Election in 1997, the result of the 2001 Election was a foregone conclusion and was widely - and correctly - predicted. It was, however, the first General election to be broadcast with the advantage of interactive digital television...
Traditional Ceefax was still going strong but, unusually, they  revealed very little detail about their coverage plans until the day itself.
And over on ITV Teletext Ltd also had all guns blazing
Like ITV Digital itself, the station's Digital Teletext service was available only on the Digital Terrestrial platform.
The graphics were stylish and very business-like
Here ITV's anchor Jonathan Dimbleby announces that the Labour Party has achieved their desired majority.
Of the various teletext options the BBC's digital teletext service offered the best coverage in my view.

 

These pages, trailing the coverage were in the service's standard blue, but as the station's Vote 2001 programme went to air the pages adopted the show's lilac motif...

The BBC showing its usual impartiality.
BBC Text looks forward to the first result while Peter Snow assesses Hague's Battleground.
We look at the BBC Text Swingometer while Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy speaks to us from outside his home in Scotland.
The BBC's anchor David Dimbleby turns his back on Blair's Battleground.
I-Spy with my little eye something beginning with S - John Sopel.
As the night wears on the results flood in.
And Dimblebys witter on...
Finally, here's the BBC' Swingometer, complete with Peter Snow in vision.

In fairness it has to be said that the Sky News interactive service was also excellent, offering four additional video streams. Three were dedicated to covering the three main parties while the fourth a Skycam showing us the Sky One Control Galleries, and this feed was infinitely more interesting than the main Sky News programme itself!

Thanks to Gary Rogers for his help in compiling this page.

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