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Charities for the Vulnerable Try to Save BBC's Red Button Teletext From Death

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The vast bulk of the BBC's red button services are scheduled to go offline for the last time on January 30, but a last-ditch attempt to keep the service online is hoping to earn it a reprieve.

The National Federation of the Blind is leading the appeal, claiming that it's the most vulnerable members of society, including the visually impaired, deaf and disabled that stand to lose the most, as members of such groups may not be up on all the exciting new methods of accessing What Piers Morgan Really Thinks About That Today on an array of smart devices, or are perhaps not online at all because the internet's still a new thing to someone who's 87. And the local paper's all adverts or closed.

The NFBUK says "...by withdrawing the Red Button Teletext service, it will leave many people, who are already vulnerable, further isolated and marginalised from society," querying if by binning off interactive services the BBC is in fact breaking the terms of its public service charter. Such a large withdrawal of service should be subject to a Public Interest Test, the NFBUK says, which does not appear to have been carried out. [NFBUK via BBC]