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Thursday 16 July, 2009

Daily Mail & General

Re Teletext

                                                                   16 July 2009
                   Daily Mail and General Trust plc (`DMGT')                   
Teletext to focus on travel sites; switch off television news and information  

Associated Newspapers, the national media division of DMGT, announces that,
following a comprehensive review, it has decided to bring forward the shut down
of Teletext's loss-making analogue television services. Transmission will end
in January 2010, rather than 2012 as previously envisaged. In addition,
Teletext will halt a number of its digital television services from the same

The holiday service on Freeview, channel 101 and other commercial services on
Freeview channels 102 - 107 will continue to broadcast. Teletext's successful
and profitable travel websites,, and will continue to serve the needs of the leisure traveller.

As anticipated, the continued fragmentation of television audiences and the
growth in the use of the internet has resulted in a significant reduction in
the audience and volume of commercial activity generated by the television
services. In addition, Ofcom has indicated that it is not persuaded of the need
for public intervention in the delivery of a public commercial Teletext service
beyond 2014 and this has also contributed to the decision to discontinue the
public service. Current economic conditions have accelerated this process,
leading to today's announcement.

Teletext's network of individually profitable travel websites show excellent
growth potential. Management will now be able to devote its full focus on these
profitable assets, which will operate as a division of the AND suite of online
businesses covering recruitment, property, motors and dating.


Peter Williams, Finance Director, DMGT 020 7938 6631

Mike Stewart, Managing Director - Teletext 020 8323 5600

Andrew Honnor/ Tom Rayner, Tulchan Communications 020 7353 4200

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