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Teletext may no longer be funded by public money in the future, Ofcom has suggested.

The communications watchdog has highlighted the fact that the uptake of broadband in the UK now means the television information service is no longer a must.

Currently, Teletext does not pay for the signal on which the news and sport resource is carried.

Though this could all change if it is decided that the same updates can easily be found by most Brits via broadband internet connections.

The Guardian quoted Ofcom as saying: "The increasing availability of text-based services, both broadcast and online may mean that post-2014 there is no longer clear justification for continued intervention to maintain a public service Teletext licence."

Teletext, which was first trialled in the early-1970s, is a competitor of the BBC-owned Ceefax.

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