Dumbing down text

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TV3 Irelands 4th TV station (launched after RTE1 Network2 & TG4) launched a teletext service in 2001, but last weekend it dropped its news & sports pages from the text servive. Teletext services are in decline in europe as digital TV takes hold but TV3 carried a full text service on digital platform, The loss of news and sport (replaced by entertainment news) is a loss of an alternative text news service to rival RTE’s AERTEL. It is a sad loss of a good service provided by TCM to TV3 since 2001. The regularity of updates to the new entertainment news service is patchy since the weekend, but soft news is no replacement for hard news. TV3 text is available in Ireland via UHF and to UK & Ireland via digital satellite services.