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BBC Breakfast - 16th July onwards

I had planned a massive trip around Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan throughout much of March, booking most of the month off from work as holiday. I work in a major London venue and my last shift was on the 11th March, and it was noticeable that while we were officially at full capacity many seats were instead empty due to many cancelling or simply not turning up. Even then I admittedly dismissed it as a bit of an overreaction, nothing would close and we’ll have forgotten it all by April. I remember finishing the shift and saying I’d see everyone in a few weeks.

I ended up stuck in Budapest for a week as my flight to Kazakhstan got cancelled while I was in transit there, followed in the next day or two by every single country I’d planned to visit all closing their borders - I was lucky to even be able to enter Hungary, particularly given a recent visit to Lebanon I was questioned about! On the 17th, as I’m sitting by the Danube, my phone starts buzzing from work colleagues that the place has closed until further notice, which was the moment I realised this wasn’t going away any time soon and should probably find a way back home as soon as possible - by now Hungary was officially closed to everyone but I could still leave the country on one of the ever-diminishing list of flights still operating, and the hotels were slowly shutting down by the day.

Finally found a flight back to Edinburgh (about 15 passengers full) and, after a very long train journey, returned to London on the night lockdown was announced. Work hasn’t been open since (maybe reopening in a limited form at the end of this year) but luckily it looks like my position is safe there unlike some venues.

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The end of ITV regional Teletext

mb21's excellent Teletext Museum has a page dedicated to ITV ancillary services. From what I remember, many of the images and text started out on Darren Meldrum's MHP page back in 1996-97, later transferring to mb21 at the end of that decade.

(I was having some trouble with mb21's website recently - it would load about two or three pages at a time and then the entire site would go down, but if the links don't work it's all on Web Archive)

Some pages were updated around 1999, but most of the images and information remain over two decades old, except for the Carlton page which has some images from January 2002 - these were actually contributed to the site by myself after getting a TV capture card the previous Christmas! But what's still missing is the end of the service, which quietly finished at the end of 2004 in a very sorry, outdated state.

I captured the closing days of the Carlton/LWT service at the time, and think I sent the images over but the site never got updated. As far as I'm aware they haven't appeared since elsewhere, so for those interested, here they are.

First off, here's how Carlton's page 600 looked in May of 2003, as you can see a slight revamp from its 2002 look as seen on the mb21 page:

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By December 2004, no more Carlton and instead 'ITV1 London' greets us...

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...except in the (by now very outdated) information about PDC, hidden from the front menu and where Carlton stubbornly clings on. (2-page GIF)

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The transmitter information page was updated until (almost) the very end, still listing work that finished seven months earlier:

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If you switched on before 9:30, you got GMTV Text instead, the December 2004 front page looking fairly similar to mb21's captures from November 1999, but with different pages.

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After 9:30 on a Friday and all weekend, you got an ITV1 LWT front page, with a completely different graphical design to the former Carlton page:

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From what I remember, in January 2002 these pages looked identical to the "LWT PLUS" ones on mb21's site from December 1996, so I didn't bother capturing them at the time.

Transmitter information for London Weekend Television Television:

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Like the Carlton service, the PDC pages retain the old LWT logo (2-page GIF):

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This I wasn't expecting to find - information about ITV's 'Year of Promise' which by then was half a decade out of date! All three subpages here:

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A few test pages which someone better technically minded than me will understand:
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And just for the hell of it, here's Ceefax and Teletext's front pages from Christmas Day 2004, plus an extra BBC festive greeting.

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New Years Day 2005 and the regional pages are finally removed, showing this on page 600 instead. From memory this page could still be accessed for a good while, although by the end of the entire service in 2009 it was no longer available.

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Hope that was interesting and/or nostalgic to some anyway!