THE END OF ORACLE
|In December 1989 ORACLE began their campaign to retain the franchise to provide the teletext service for ITV, Channel 4 and S4C...|
|With the publication of the Broadcasting Bill ORACLE was literally fighting for its life.|
|March 1990 and the (sadly doomed) campaign is in full swing.|
|They succeeded in persuading the government to allow a bidding contest (like the controversial ITV 'contest' for franchises) but tragically were themselves outbid...|
1992 the ITN teletext service brought us the news which signalled its eventual
I wonder why the ITN logo was sometimes cyan and sometimes white?
|Even the NTL Engineering Information pages would disappear...|
|... with the NTL unable to secure co-operation with Teletext Ltd|
|Viewers wrote in with their memories and wishing ORACLE staff well.|
|So it's goodbye from them...|
|...and it's goodbye from them!|
ancillary service survives for a few seconds past midnight on 1-Jan-1993.
Michael Banbrook - who was with Intelfax at the time - comments: "Prior to Border and Grampian upgrading their kit, we had to dial into the old ORACLE inserters. The pages were still in existence! It was a bit spooky and kind of Marie Celeste recalling the final lot of pages from that fatal night in 1992."
ORACLE | The end of ORACLE
Their last day: ITV | Channel 4 | Going, going, gone!