End of an era as the BBC turn off the red button

The BBC are to turn off the news and sport red button service next year.

This decision seems to taken the BBC a long while to come to considering how few people still use the functionality.

The red button has been around for years, starting in 1999 taking over from Ceefax, which started 45 years ago.

Able to bring football scores, weather, travel news and more to your television, however with smart phones and easily accessible information on the internet of things, it seems a bit pointless having to do it through a TV.

This doesn’t stop the other services which the red button is able to offer, such as the Glastonbury stages or Wimbledon courts.

“From early 2020, viewers will no longer be able to access text-based BBC News and BBC Sport content by pressing red,” the BBC have said.

“It’s always a difficult decision to reduce services, and we don’t take decisions like this lightly, but we have taken it because we have to balance the resources needed to maintain and develop this service with the need to update our systems to give people even better internet-based services.”

“Viewers can still access this information on the BBC website, BBC News and Sport mobile apps – as well as 24-hour news on the BBC News Channel.”

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