Pulling plug on Teletext: MediaCorp replies

Pulling plug on Teletext: MediaCorp replies

We refer to the letters by Ms June Teng ("Continue Teletext as a public service"; Tuesday) and Mr Lim Chan Kong ("Never too old to learn new technology"; Sept 9).

Technological advancements have enabled information to be readily available on mobile devices and tablets, websites, connected TV and outdoor screens.

Broadcasters in other countries, including Britain, Australia and New Zealand, have retired the Teletext service in recent years.

In Singapore, Teletext as an analogue service has seen steady decline in usage over the years due to alternative information sites and lack of interactivity.

A survey conducted in 2011 showed that there were 187,000 who accessed daily stock price information. This year, the number dropped by 85 per cent to 28,000.

For a list of alternative free sites, we encourage Teletext users to visit bit.ly/1eh45sg

Clarence Pong

Head, Corporate Communications and Marketing

MediaCorp


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