We’re not going to lie, we’d be sad to see this go off the air, even if we haven’t looked at it in a while.
Long gone are the days of typing in 220 into TeleText to find out the score of the Manchester United v Arsenal game. Advancing technology and the introduction of Sky or some sort of satellite service into Irish homes meant Aertel wasn’t needed anymore.
Well it turns out that RTÉ has told the Minister for Communications that it wants to reduce its Aertel service on television in order to reduce funds.
The service is also available on the internet but RTÉ seem to want to leave that as it is, for the time being at least.
It has been in operation for the last 30 years but in the last three, it has cost nearly €3m to run, according to The Journal.
RTÉ have to wait to get the Minister’s blessing before they are allowed make any changes to the service, however.
The National Broadcaster would be following in the footsteps of BBC’s Ceefax, a similar operation that was switched off for good in October 2012.
It is being reported that on a weekly basis, 11% of adults or around 430,000 people are still using Aertel.
For old times sake, here are two photos to put you dreaming of days gone by…
— boards.ie (@boards) April 27, 2018
Do you still use Aertel? RTE wants to phase it out – we’re discussing this now on Kerry Today. pic.twitter.com/iL71uknyYo
— Kerry Today (@kerrytodayrk) April 24, 2018