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Tristram Biggs | 11:10 UK time, Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Historically FM&T Journalism has focused primarily on web development. The reasons for this are many and none of them are any of my business but it is odd, because the first experiments that BBC News made with 'On Demand' started in the early 1970s and they were on television sets. The experiment still exists today and it is called Ceefax.

The principle is relatively simple, take some text Journalists with access to agency feeds and ask them to write short news stories. Then ask them to keep them updated, all the time. And so On Demand Journalism was born - no printing presses or Six O'Clock bulletin to meet, just up-to-date information when the viewer wanted it.

Read more and comment on the BBC Journalism Labs Blog

Tristram Biggs is Executive Product Manager for TV Platforms at BBC Future Media & Technology (Journalism)

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