TVNZ's teletext service will be winding up next year, after
operating for nearly 30 years.
TVNZ today announced the closure, citing obsolete teletext
technology and the widespread use of the internet as the
reasons for it ending.
"Over the last few years, the information services carried on
the Teletext magazine have been overshadowed by the explosion
of information available on the internet," TVNZ chief
executive Kevin Kenrick said.
Mr Kenrick said TVNZ had hung onto the service for as long as
it could for the sake of a relatively small number of regular
Teletext services had been closing around the world for some
time, he said.
"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."
Teletext would wind up on April 2.
Teletext began in 1984 after funds raised in the 1981
telethon helped pay to get it started.