Late-night and early morning BBC One and BBC Two pre-recorded continuity announcements are starting to return to normal, almost a month after the fire suppression incident at the Red Bee Media playout centre in west London.
The BBC’s ability to prepare daily pre-recorded announcements which are aired outside the normal rota hours for continuity announcers had been severely disrupted due to damage caused to systems in the Red Bee incident.
Most BBC One (network) announcements were unaffected – the notable exceptions being the late-night link into Weather for the Week Ahead, the handover to the BBC News Channel and the 6am Breakfast junction.
Late-night and early morning junctions on BBC Two (network) were also affected. There, we had many “This is BBC Two” and “You’re watching BBC Two” announcements. And for the Sign Zone, a simple “This is the Sign Zone on BBC Two”.
Here are some examples of the generic pre-recorded announcements we’ve been hearing since 25th September:
However, in the early hours of this morning, we’ve been seeing the first signs of the reinstatement of daily pre-recorded announcements.
A repeat of an edition of Panorama at 1.35am had a bespoke announcement. And this morning’s CBBC links also seemed to be back to normal, after weeks of generic announcements:
PARTNER WEBSITE: idents/continuity announcements, minutes after they air – at TV Home.