RTÉ One updates promo endboard

RTÉ One has been phasing in a new promotion endboard design over the last few days. The previous design – first aired in January 2014 – is still in use but it does look as

How did TCF become such an iconic BBC image?

It is an iconic BBC image – part of the brand heritage and as much a statement of the BBC of the 70s and 80s as the globe or the famous weather symbols. But the BBC

The history of the BBC trade test transmission

First published in 2008. Last updated: 24th May 2020. This page contains examples of the various tuning signals and test cards used on BBC Television since the 1930s. The feature remains a work-in-progress and we’d

Current BBC News branding comes of age

The current BBC News package is a direct evolution of the new look introduced in May 1999. Titles and sets have changed a few times, the music has been tweaked and the main news has

RTÉ TV daily start-ups

Last updated: 30th May 2020. Long after elaborate daily start-up routines were dispensed with on British TV, the tradition continued on Irish TV – until c. 1997 in fact. Though it must be said, RTÉ’s

Early in-vision teletext in Ireland

Until the late-1980s, the test card filled most of the daytime hours on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two. And actually, even by the 1980s, the RTÉ One analogue transmitter network only came back online at

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A minor tweak with significant meaning for UTV?

A good detective spots little details – details which may seem insignificant but which can point to something of more importance. Only the most observant of pres fans will have immediately noticed a little change

Can individual programmes affect the power of a brand?

Last year ITV took swift action following the death of a contributor on The Jeremy Kyle Show. They quickly concluded that the programme could have tarnished both the channel and the company’s reputation.

A lesson in how not to execute a BBC One/BBC News Channel handover

Since the launch of BBC News 24 in November 1997, BBC One has used a simulcast of the 24-hour news channel to fill the overnight hours. Prior to that, BBC One’s transmitter network was closed

Archive find highlights poor technical quality of BBC NI 80s presentation

A rare find on YouTube highlights the poor technical quality of BBC One Northern Ireland continuity back in the day. The clip from 1980 includes a very poor blue and white clock (the network clock

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