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- MON 24TH JAN (11.15AM): New TalkTV branding revealed
- MON 24TH JAN (11.15AM): ITV announces changes to long-standing early evening schedule
- MON 24TH JAN (2PM): ITV sticks with current ITV Creates ident for the time being
- MON 24TH JAN (6.30PM): BBC News Channel decamps to Studio A for the afternoon
- MON 24TH JAN (7.30PM): The old BBC Alba DOG has reappeared today
- MON 24TH JAN (7.30PM): Extended pre-launch promotion loop running on BBC Three test channels
- TUE 25TH JAN (2PM): Another week on ITV for Emily Forgot’s work
- WED 26TH JAN (9.15AM): BBC’s Morning Live will be broadcast from Manchester from 21st February
- WED 26TH JAN (10AM): Virgin Media cable viewers in England get regionalised BBC One HD from today
- THU 27TH JAN (2.30AM): BBC One NI hits the mark with News Channel handover
- FRI 28TH JAN (10.20AM): Ofcom launches investigation into prolonged absence of Channel 4 access services
- FRI 28TH JAN (7.30PM): The One Show kicks off centenary celebrations with ident montage
- SAT 29TH JAN (11.45PM): BBC Two Northern Ireland junction mishap
Monday 24th January
11.15am New TalkTV branding revealed
TalkTV has revealed its new logo and visual identity ahead of the channel’s launch this spring.
RELATED ARTICLE: TalkTV unveils brand identity.
11.15am ITV announces changes to long-standing early evening schedule
ITV has announced “the biggest expansion of jobs in ITV News in 20 years”. Schedule changes will see the ITV Early Evening News programme extended to one hour and new start times for Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
RELATED ARTICLE: ITV Evening News to become an hour-long programme from March.
2pm ITV sticks with current ITV Creates ident for the time being
There was no change of ident set for ITV in the Monday 1.30pm junction this week. Potentially because Russell Bamber’s week was interrupted on Tuesday and Wednesday by the (presumably unplanned) reappearance of Anna Berry’s idents.
6.30pm BBC News Channel decamps to Studio A for the afternoon
The BBC News Channel was based in the green-screen Studio A this afternoon, 2pm – 6pm. It’s not known why Studio E was unavailable during this period.
7.30pm The old BBC Alba DOG has reappeared today
A technical glitch that caused the old BBC Alba DOG to reappear late last week has struck again today. The fault was previously corrected in the early hours of Sunday morning.
UPDATE: shortly after midnight, the old DOG was faded out and the correct one was quickly reinstated.
UPDATE: the glitch with the channel DOG was due to the channel switching to backup playout arrangements over the weekend, whilst work was carried out on servers. The back-up set-up didn’t have the up-to-date DOG.
7.30pm Extended pre-launch promotion loop running on BBC Three test channels
An updated pre-launch promotion loop is running on the BBC Three test channels this evening. The latest version is 30-minutes long. The black/white full-screen logo featured in the previous, shorter loop has been replaced by a more colourful version.
The 30-minute loop is similar to the one broadcast on 10th January – but the latest version does not include the channel break bumper and ident examples.
Incidentally, the Sky channel number system for BBC Three was confirmed earlier:
- England (excluding London), Northern Ireland and Wales: 117 (HD)
- London: 173 (HD)
- Scotland: 141 (HD)
- UK-wide: 845 (SD)
On Sky Glass, BBC Three will appear on channel 118 (119 in Wales).
Tuesday 25th January
2pm Another week on ITV for Emily Forgot’s work
A slight delay in the rotation of ITV Creates idents this week. Usually, we’d move on to a fresh set of idents in the 1.30pm Monday junction but this week it was 1.30pm on Tuesday.
The delay is potentially due to what appeared to be a playout scheduling mishap last Tuesday and Wednesday, when last week’s artist – Russell Bamber – had his work replaced by that of Anna Berry, whose work was played out the previous week.
And this week, it’s Emily Forgot’s turn to get another airing for her set of ITV Creates idents, which were first aired in August 2019.
UPDATE: it seems that one of Emily Forgot’s idents was played out in the 6pm regional news junction on Monday. Thanks to Twitter user @Camwoj145 for flagging this.
Wednesday 26th January
9.15am BBC’s Morning Live will be broadcast from Manchester from 21st February
Sam Quek, Kimberley Walsh and Sara Cox will join Kym Marsh as permanent members of BBC One Daytime’s Morning Live presenting line up as the show prepares to broadcast from its new home in the heart of Manchester City Centre at ABC Buildings from Monday 21st February.
10am Virgin Media cable viewers in England get regionalised BBC One HD from today
BBC One HD (England) for Virgin Media cable viewers is fully regionalised as of today. The main advantage here is that regional news will be available on the HD channel for the first time – though not all English regional news centres can broadcast in HD at the moment.
Thursday 27th January
2.30am BBC One NI hits the mark with News Channel handover
The haphazard scheduling of the late-night handover to the BBC News Channel on BBC One doesn’t make the task of providing a clean transition to the overnight news service easy. But BBC One Northern Ireland seems to make a particular effort to try and make this often messy junction look more professional.
RELATED ARTICLE: BBC One Northern Ireland hits the News Channel on-the-hour.
Friday 28th January
10.20am Ofcom launches investigation into prolonged absence of Channel 4 access services
Ofcom announces that it is investigating Channel 4, following the lengthy outage of its subtitles, signing and audio description services last year. They are reviewing the wider effects of the outage to ensure broadcasters learn lessons and protect access services in future.
EXTERNAL LINK: Ofcom to investigate Channel 4 over subtitle problems.
7.30pm The One Show kicks off centenary celebrations with ident montage
Tonight’s edition of The One Show started with a short montage of old BBC idents, leading into a segment about the BBC’s centenary celebrations.
Saturday 29th January
11.45pm BBC Two Northern Ireland junction mishap
There was a bit of a cock-up last night on BBC Two Northern Ireland at the end of Elaine Paige: I’m Still Here.
RELATED ARTICLE: Junction kicks off prematurely on BBC Two Northern Ireland.
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