TVNZ is axing Teletext

Last updated 14:27 13/12/2012

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TVNZ is axing its Teletext information services after 28 years, labelling it obsolete.

The service launched in New Zealand in 1984 with funds raised in the 1981 Telethon, to give New Zealand's deaf community more access to news and information.

It provided news, weather, Lotto, flight schedules and financial market information alongside lifestyle information such as horoscopes in simple text format.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick said it had hung on to the service for as long as it could but regular users were in ''relatively small'' numbers.

"We just don't have the resources to maintain a fading service at the level of professionalism that we would want, particularly as most of the information is duplicated on our own or others' websites.''

It announced to the market in 2009 that it would be stopping the service when it switched from analogue to digital.

Australia's Seven Network stopped broadcasting its version, AusText, in 2009, the same year Britain ceased broadcasting it.

Broadcast will cease on April 2. Television captioning available through Teletext will continue unchanged.

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