The practicalities of BBC Three’s move back to linear TV

The return of BBC Three as a linear channel is one of the biggest u-turns ever made by the corporation.

Thanks for the last 20 years TV Forum

The webmaster of the TV presentation website, TV Forum, tonight announced that the site will close at the end of March.

Newsnight closing credits fail to appear

The closing credits for tonight’s edition of BBC Newsnight failed to appear.

Test card and tone – a window into the bleak world of the 70s

Occasionally inconsequential things offer a window into another world and another time. Last year I mentioned how a Sunday morning closedown from 1974 “filled” by black screen was a reminder of how Sundays were not working days.

BBC Reporting Scotland blooper makes headline news

BBC Reporting Scotland experienced technical issues during last night’s 6.30pm programme. Autocue failures and an absence of on-screen name straps were among the problems that some viewers may have spotted.

VT clock aired in network BBC One prime time junction

Friday evening’s 7pm BBC One junction got off to a bad start with a trail for BBC Headroom cued in from the wrong point, causing a VT clock to appear on air, counting down from 10.

BBC Two Visceral ident reverts to original state

At the start of the year, BBC Two added ‘Channel of the Year’ text on many of its idents. It looks as though the new versions were created using the original masters. And that’s a problem in some cases.

More to the BBC Select logo than meets the eye?

Revised article published: 20th February 2021. Back in December, the new BBC Select website went live, in advance of the formal launch of the new streaming service. The BBC Select logo included an odd looking version of the BBC blocks

Fondly remembered BBC TV idents turn 30

It was the day when everything changed but everything stayed the same.

1982 BBC business programme provides useful insights into the launch of Channel 4

A report from BBC Two’s financial series The Money Programme provides a great insight into the launch of Channel 4. It also provides a few nuggets for Pres fans.

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