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Whatever happened to Ceefax and Teletext, the predecessors to the internet?

In an age before Facebook, when the Walkman was king and smartphone batteries lasted a week, anything seemed possible. In our new series, we’ll take a look at the retro tech that shaped a generation. The third in our series looks at Teletext, the service where you could find the news, book holidays and read comic books.

Before there was Sky Sports, before Twitter and illicit streams on the internet, the thrill of following the football on a Saturday afternoon was brought by the endlessly rotating screen of Ceefax.

With its simple blue and white text on a black screen, it had none of the shrill chaos of Jeff Stelling and the gang, nor the immediate right to reply on social media. Just a score,…


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