The UK regulator Ofcom has called up the highest ever number on Teletext Limited after the news and information service closed its public teletext service ahead of schedule. The Associated Newspapers-owned operation removed the service in December 2009, one month earlier than planned. Ofcom decided the decision was a serious breach of its licence conditions.
The holder of the public teletext service licence counts as a public service broadcaster. With the licences held for a fixed term the holders are expected to provide a service throughout the licence period.
The £225,000 (€265,455) fine is payable to the Paymaster General.