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Teletext50: a new audio documentary starring those who made it a cultural phenomenon [PRESS RELEASE]

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UK, 14 June 2024

It’s a 50 year-old story that was two years in the making. In this new radio documentary by Byte High No Limit Productions and Illarterate, the people who were there at the start, the end and the re-birth tell the story of teletext in their own words.

In 1974, a revolution was beginning. The BBC were developing a new way to access information via the humble television set with a new service dubbed Ceefax, the world’s first teletext service.

Within years, the blocky, colourful medium had carved out a niche as Britain’s fastest and most succinct news medium of the late 20th century.

The technology would allow people to play quizzes, peruse package holidays, check live sports scores and much more in the comfort of their own living room.

Now, a decade after the final UK teletext services were switched off, a dedicated community of artists, engineers, programmers are keeping the medium alive.

This is a social record of teletext, and these are the teletext people.


Download/find more information here.


Carl Attrill: bytehigh AT
Dan Farrimond: hello AT

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Teletext artist and head mad scientist at the UK Teletext Art Research Lab (TARL). | hello [at] teletextart (dot) co *dot* uk |

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