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In November 1981 in UK, Kenneth Baker, the Minister for Information Technology, proclaimed 1982 as “Information Technology Year, IT-82.” to support for the use of IT, like teletext and viewdata. Via

Prestel British videotex system

How does Prestel works? by Logica / BVT Marketing.

Prestel, cover from 1982

Prestel capture screens

Prestel / Viewdata (1979)

Prestel, screengrabs from 1984
Here you can view the graphics as text.

Prestel (abbrev. from press telephone), the brand name for the UK Post Office’s Viewdata technology, was an interactive videotex system developed during the late 1970s and commercially launched in 1979.
Terminal/demonstration at the National Museum of Science & Industry

A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens classic in viewdata graphics (Prestel) made by Dr David Annal, RIP. Check it here!

An eerie ad for Prestel, which was a videotex service in the UK. A bit like interactive teletext via modem.