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A hidden gem
Member Name: Cryguy
Date: 27/06/02, updated on 27/06/02 (51 review reads)
Advantages: Detailed, Easy to navigate, A little bit different
Disadvantages: Overshadowed by BBC website?
If ever there was an underrated news and media online website then it has to be this one. Teletext.co.uk is now a thoroughly well devised and designed site having undergone somewhat of a complete overhaul in the last twelve months or so. It contains everything and anything you could possibly wish to view and everything is presented in a clear and easy to find layout.
Your homepage lists all the subcategories of the site along the top, with key headlines of the day in news, sport and entertainment etc just one click away. Weather, Cinema listings, latest lottery results and finance headlines are also visible fron the homepage alone, often with pictures featured on each story too. As with BBC.co.uk, you can personalise your homepage so it only contains details you're likely to be interested in each time you view it. Naturally, you can also make it your homepage should you so desire (although as with a number of sites that offer this, I personally see doing that a tad unnecessary with any browsers' 'favourites' facility just as quick and easy!).
Other main sections on the site include Racing, Holidays and the excellent Pinpoint, which is a complete telephone directory and yell.co.uk service rolled into one. Find any business, company etc in any part of the country quickly and easily, or simply enter a category of, say, pubs, sporting events, cinemas etc for complete info on what's about, where and when in your area. Not hugely original I guess, but hugely convenient all the same! Most pages on the site as a whole seem quick to load and navigating your way round the whole website cold take you some time due to the sheer size of it! I feel it would have been easy for Teletext the company to make the website uninspiring and simply functional as an extension to their text-based service available through most TV's, but they do now appear to have really made an effort in devising a complete current affairs website with perso
nal tastes and interests amply covered.
Okay, let's face it, this website isn't going to change anybody's life today tomorrow or at any point in the future, but in an era quite clearly (and still rightly so) dominated by the BBC's excellent interactive sites, teletext.co.uk is a highly recommended alternative and well worth a look if you've not discovered it yet.