Chiswick Based Teletext Fined For Closing Down Early

Ofcom finds "serious breach of obligations in service licence"

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Chiswick based Teletext has been fined £225,000 by Ofcom for closing early.

The news and information service shut down in December 2009 two years ahead of when the official analogue shut down begins.

Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) blamed "current economic conditions" for bringing the end date forward resulting in 70 jobs being lost at the Chiswick Business Park office.

Although Teletext's licence ran until 2014, it was revoked in January after the company stopped its news and information service on analogue channels.

"In deciding to cease providing key elements of the service in December 2009, Teletext committed a serious breach of the obligations in the public teletext service licence," said Ofcom. "Having given careful consideration to the written and oral representations made, the Committee decided it was appropriate and proportionate in the circumstances to impose a financial penalty."

May 31, 2010