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Teletext R Podcast, 31st December 2022 – Russty Russ & the Demise of ORACLE (2015 Rerun)

Thirty measly years ago, a grand changing of the teletext guard took place. Piece by piece, ORACLE disappeared from our screens to be replaced by a new service from Teletext (Limited).

Jokingly billed as a ‘nightmare’ by ORACLE’s TV listings, midnight on 1st January 1993 marked the end of a glorious era that encompassed legends such as Barney’s Bunch, Buzz and the oft-overlooked ORACLE holidays service.

Today on Teletext R, Twitter’s Russty Russ returns in this (gently edited) repeat of his tribute to the dream that was Optional Reception of Announcements by Coded Line Electronics (oof, try saying that three times).

In hindsight, Russ’s appearance should always have been its own episode, so seven years late, here it finally is!



1:50 Russ’s Teletext Road Trips & teletext TV history
6:23 The End of ORACLE Part I
10:17 Ceefax’s ‘Dark Ages’: as bad as you remember?
13:16 Hidden teletext pages & Aertel in 2015
18:00 The teletext live experience
21:23 ORACLE leaflet from 1982
23:45 4T the Dog & palm tree world records!
30:15 The End of ORACLE Part II
33:40 The soundtrack to teletext
37:33 Digital teletext & BBC Red Button
41:30 Ceefax coming back?


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