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- MON 17TH JAN (1.30PM): Russell Bamber’s ITV Creates idents get another airing on ITV
- MON 17TH JAN (3PM): Aardman reveals new visual identity
- MON 17TH JAN (7.40PM): BBC test card airs for 20 minutes as part of BBC Three test transmissions
- TUE 18TH JAN (6.15AM): GB News airs new National Anthem sequence for the first time
- TUE 18TH JAN (1PM): RTÉ News Channel carries funeral mass for Ashling Murphy
- TUE 18TH JAN (8PM): BBC test card broadcast again this evening – but minus the BBC Three DOG this time
- WED 19TH JAN (6.30PM): Freeview changes planned for 26th January
- WED 19TH JAN (10.15PM): Paramount Network rebranded 5Action in the UK
- THU 20TH JAN (2PM): Graphic anomalies on BBC News
- THU 20TH JAN (8.45PM): BBC Three DOG on the move
- FRI 21ST JAN (12.15PM): BBC Three social media accounts updated with new branding
- SAT 22ND JAN (1.30PM): BBC News having problems with lower-thirds
- SAT 22ND JAN (8PM): First airings for BBC Three launch trail and Winter Olympics trail
- SUN 23RD JAN (12.30AM): Special continuity for Burns Night on the BBC Scotland Channel
- SUN 23RD JAN (12PM): The correct version of the BBC Alba DOG is reinstated
Monday 17th January
1.30pm Russell Bamber’s ITV Creates idents get another airing on ITV
As expected, ITV moved on to another previously aired set of ITV Creates idents today, in the junction linking into the ITV Lunchtime News. This week, it’s the turn of Russell Bamber, whose idents were first aired in September 2019.
3pm Aardman reveals new visual identity
Aardman has today launched a new visual identity, including an updated logo, to celebrate the company’s legacy, its future, and the team behind its work – from development and production to the operations, sales and marketing teams that all play a vital role in the studio’s success.
EXTERNAL LINK: Aardman launches new branding, logo and website.
7.40pm BBC test card airs for 20 minutes as part of BBC Three test transmissions
As predicted on our Twitter feed earlier today, the BBC test card put in a rare appearance on a BBC TV channel this evening – albeit as part of the pre-launch test transmissions for BBC Three. The SD and HD versions of the channel are not yet visible on EPGs.
The familiar test pattern was broadcast between 7.35pm and 7.55pm, accompanied by tone.
Tuesday 18th January
6.15am GB News airs new National Anthem sequence for the first time
Last week, MP Andrew Rosindell said the BBC should be “proud of our country” and bring back playing God Save the Queen late at night, in the year of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
Yesterday afternoon, GB News issued the following statement:
GB News will play God Save the Queen to kick off live programming every day, starting tomorrow (Tuesday 18th).GB News (News Release)
The anthem will play out across GB News Television and GB News Radio at 5.59am.
Editorial director Michael Booker said it was a welcome addition to UK television in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
“We always promised we would celebrate what’s good about our country when we can, and the Queen’s 70-year reign is definitely worth celebrating,” he said.
He added: “We’ve chosen an uplifting instrumental version which, for our television viewers, will feature stunning scenes from across the UK. We think it’s a lovely way to start the day.”
And here’s the first airing of the new GB News National Anthem sequence, shown at 5.59am this morning.
1pm RTÉ News Channel carries funeral mass for Ashling Murphy
RTÉ today provided live coverage of the funeral mass for Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old primary school teacher who was attacked and killed on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore last Wednesday afternoon.
Mourners at St Brigid’s Church in Mount Bolus included Irish President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
Ashling’s death shocked the nation and tens of thousands of people attended vigils in Ireland and other locations around the world in her honour.
8pm BBC test card broadcast again this evening – but minus the BBC Three DOG this time
It may not have been listed in the BBC Three schedule for this evening but the test card was shown again at 7.35pm – but minus the BBC Three DOG this time.
Wednesday 19th January
6.30pm Freeview changes planned for 26th January
Following Ofcom’s consultation on the BBC’s proposals for the launch of BBC Three, the channel will be launching on Freeview channel 23 in SD and channel 109 in HD (except Scotland/Wales) on 26th January 2022.
Additionally, all channels between channel numbers 23 and 82 will be moving up one channel number except Dave Ja Vu which will be moving up 2 channels, from 23 to 25.
EXTERNAL LINK: Full details about the 26th January Freeview changes.
10.15pm Paramount Network rebranded 5Action in the UK
Early this morning, Paramount Network morphed into 5Action. 5Action inherits Paramount’s EPG position/channel number on all platforms.
5Action is part of Channel 5’s portfolio of TV channels. The channel proposition and programme line-up remains the same as its predecessor.
Programme titles include: WWE; Police Interceptors; Fights, Camera, Action; Trucking Hell; Traffic Cops; Caught on Camera; and Sewermen.
Thursday 20th January
2pm Graphic anomalies on BBC News
A couple of minor anomalies that caught our eye today on the BBC News at One.
The BBC Action Line graphic contains a font formatting error: the “ne” in “Line” is in Helvetica, whilst the rest of the graphic uses the BBC Reith font.
The NHS Tracker graphic shows us what’s supposed to be a web page from the BBC website. But, unlike the BBC website, the sample page shown here features the old BBC logo and has the ‘NEWS’ logo in BBC Reith.
8.45pm BBC Three DOG on the move
Although there was no test card on BBC Three this evening in the 7.35pm slot (as has been the case on the previous three evenings), we did spot evidence of some tinkering with the positioning of the BBC Three DOG:
At around 6pm this evening, the BBC Three Twitter account replaced the old channel branding in its profile images with what appears to be stills of green analogue “snow”.
The account sent out a tweet containing a 15-second video featuring the same green snow, in silence – with no accompanying explanation.
Friday 21st January
12.15pm BBC Three social media accounts updated with new branding
BBC Three’s social media accounts were updated with the channel’s new branding/logo at lunchtime today.
Old branding had been present on the channel’s social media accounts until yesterday evening, when it was replaced by images of green analogue “snow” (see above).
Saturday 22nd January
1.30pm BBC News having problems with lower-thirds
The BBC News Channel has been having issues with lower-third graphics since c. 11am today. Although the ticker has remained on screen and active, there have been no name straps for the live news programmes, and the logo box shown during the top-of-the-hour title sequence has been missing.
During the 1pm bulletin on BBC One, non-animating name straps were faded on/off. These graphics seemed to be burnt on to the video. They were possibly produced using an intranet facility that reproduces the straps in png format.
UPDATE: although live name straps and location bugs were back in use from c. 2pm on the BBC News Channel, the non-animating versions were still appearing until the early evening. The 5.10pm BBC One programme had a combination of the non-animating straps and the standard animated straps.
8pm First airings for BBC Three launch trail and Winter Olympics trail
The 7.45pm BBC One junction included the debut outing for the official BBC trail for the Winter Olympics. It was preceded by the first trail on linear TV promoting the return of BBC Three to linear TV.
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Sunday 23rd January
12.30am Special continuity for Burns Night on the BBC Scotland Channel
The BBC Scotland Channel had some special programming for Burns Night on Saturday evening. Continuity announcer Dominic Maine introduced the programmes in Scots.
12pm The correct version of the BBC Alba DOG is reinstated
Throughout the day on Saturday (22nd January) BBC Alba was using its pre-20th October DOG design.
We can’t be certain how long the out-of-date DOG was there but thanks to off-air recordings captured by TV Whirl, we know that the correct DOG was still in place until late in the day on 20th January.
At some point during the early hours of 23rd January, the correct version of the BBC Alba DOG was reinstated.
Thanks to Twitter user @ARealBrandonH for flagging the issue with us.
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