Click for larger image It's Your BBC - Ceefax Feature
1975
Click for larger image Richard Baker tells us what Ceefax is, how it works, and how you can use it.

Click for larger image Ceefax Promo
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Click for larger image ceefax with added boobs!

Click for larger image Ceefax AM Promo
1983
Click for larger image Keep up to date with the latest news, weather and travel for half an hour before the start of Breakfast Time

In 1980, the BBC began an experimental 'Ceefax In-Vision' service. Gaps in the schedule which previously would have been occupied by trade test transmission, were now being filled by a selection of teletext pages. The 'In-Vision' broadcasts - offering a digest of news, sport, travel and TV listings - were largely restricted to short, early-morning slots, with the test card playing the more prominent role during gaps in the schedule.
 
The first Ceefax 'In-Vision' broadcast took place on Monday March 17 1980 on BBC One. It was Monday June 02 1980 before the teletext 'In-Vision' service appeared on BBC Two.
 
Ceefax pages were typically broadcast from 8.30am to 9am (weekdays) (though by 1982 the 9am finish time had been extended until just before the first programme of the day) on BBC One and 10am to 10.30am (weekdays) on BBC Two. During the summer months of 1982, the weekday BBC Two 'In-Vision' service moved to 9.35am 'Service Information' had moved to 10.15am (rather than 10.30am), and 'Play School' was now shown at 10.30am (it's long-standing start time was 11.00am).
 
From 1980 to 1983, an 'In-Vision' service was also broadcast from 3.20pm to 4pm (weekdays) on BBC Two this was immediately followed by the appearance of Test Card G, for the afternoon 'programme transfer' (see below). At c. 4.45pm, Test Card F would appear, and remain until the next programme, usually an Open University production, at 5.10pm.


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Click for larger image Pages from Ceefax
25.10.1992
Click for larger image The final few minutes of a 1992 In Vision broadcast featuring the 1989 Ceefax look. Apart from a weather forecast at the end, all of the pages featured, which was branded as a Newsreel, were news pages. The startup which followed is on our 1991 BBC1 continuity page.

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18.9.1993
Click for larger image At weekends in 1993 BBC1 broadcast a publicised Pages from Ceefax slot, starting at 7am and lasting until the first programme of the day, which on Saturdays was always at 7.25am. These were longer transmissions than during the week, which had been reduced from 30 to 15 minutes at the start of 1993 following an earlier 6am start for Breakfast News. 1993 had seen the Ceefax service revamped which saw a change of page for the In Vision sequence, from 198 to 196. The 1993 Pages from Ceefax service also saw the re-introduction of sport and financial pages, which had been absent since 1989. The start-up from this day is on the BBC1 1991 continuity page and here is the last five minutes of that day's Pages from Ceefax. Apologies for the brief picture break-up 2/3 of the way through.
 


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8.1.1994
Click for larger image The final few moments of a pre-OU Ceefax transmission from early 1994. Note that BBC2 is using an older in-vision generator, which had been in service since 1986, nearly five years after BBC1 had ditched this version.

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10.8.1997
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1.8.2005
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Click for larger image Inside Out - East Midlands
2011
Click for larger image Ceefax is sadly on its way out as the completion of digital switchover will see the end of Ceefax after 38 years' service. Here, two Ceefax enthusiasts are interviewed for BBC East Midlands' version of Inside Out.