BBC reverses decision to end Red Button services



a screen shot of a video game: Some people without online access still use red button services, via their TV remote control


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Some people without online access still use red button services, via their TV remote control

The BBC has reversed its decision to bring an end to its Red Button TV text services.

The corporation had planned to remove the service due to “financial pressure”.

However, following a campaign on behalf of people with disabilities, the elderly and those without online access, it has suspended the plan.

Basic key news services will now remain, although the platform will be reduced from next year.

‘Extensive dialogue’

In November 2019, the BBC announced its intention to remove the text and data element of the red button service.

But in January, the corporation halted the planned closure, in order to learn about the potential impact on certain parts of its audience.

“Since then, we have been in contact and had extensive dialogue with a wide range of representative groups to build on

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BBC reverses decision to end Red Button text services

Some people without online access still use red button services, via their TV remote control
Some people without online access still use red button services, via their TV remote control

The BBC has reversed its decision to bring an end to its Red Button TV text services.

The corporation had planned to remove the service due to “financial pressure”.

However, following a campaign on behalf of people with disabilities, the elderly and those without online access, it has suspended the plan.

Basic key news services will now remain, although the platform will be reduced from next year.

‘Extensive dialogue’

In November 2019, the BBC announced its intention to remove the text and data element of the red button service.

But in January, the corporation halted the planned closure, in order to learn about the potential impact on certain parts of its audience.

“Since then, we have been in contact and had extensive dialogue with a wide range of representative groups to build on our existing

Read More