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- MON 13TH JUN (11AM): E4 gets a new sibling and 4Music gets back to music
- MON 13TH JUN (2.40PM): North West Today breakfast studio now repurposed for sport bulletins
- MON 13TH JUN (2PM): Repeat airing for Patricia Volk’s ITV idents
- TUE 14TH JUN (2.45PM): SyFy to become Sky Sci-Fi next month
- TUE 14TH JUN (7PM): BBC Look East uses mocked up BBC Radio 1 logo for inset graphic
- TUE 14TH JUN (11PM): Special titles for BBC London anniversary coverage
- WED 15TH JUN (12.20PM): Forces TV to close at the end of the month
- FRI 17TH JUN (11.05AM): EBU to ask the BBC to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest
Monday 13th June
11am E4 gets a new sibling and 4Music gets back to music
Channel 4 has announced the launch of a new comedy and entertainment channel – E4 Extra – which will replace the existing incarnation of 4Music.
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12.20pm North West Today breakfast studio now repurposed for sport bulletins
It looks as though the work to refit North West Today’s breakfast opt studio for use by BBC Sport has been completed.
The studio made its on air debut this morning.
BBC Sport will be using this studio until spring 2023 whilst renovation work on its previous home (Studio Pres1 at Media City) is in progress.
2pm Repeat airing for Patricia Volk’s ITV idents
Patricia Volk’s ITV Creates idents are the next to get a repeat airing on the main ITV channel.
The idents were first seen on ITV in January 2019 and were brought back into use from 1.30pm today. They’ll air in ITV junctions for the next week.
ITV: “Patricia Volk works in painted fired clay and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She was born in Belfast and has a studio in Somerset.”
Tuesday 14th June
2.45pm SyFy to become Sky Sci-Fi next month
SyFy – the destination for fans of science fiction and fantasy genres – will be rebranding to Sky Sci-Fi on Tuesday 26th July.
Sky says the revamped channel will remain the home of sci-fi classics but will also offer a range of new shows, including SurrealEstate and Day of the Dead.
Zai Bennett, managing director, content Sky UK and Ireland, said: “From space adventures to futuristic fantasy, Sky Sci-Fi will be joining the host of genre-led brands launched in the past year and will offer a new universe for viewers to explore. The re-brand will make it easier for people to find exactly what they want, with fan favourites, a multitude of on demand content, as well as a burst of exciting new shows for sci-fi fanatics”.
7pm BBC Look East uses mocked up BBC Radio 1 logo for inset graphic
Regular readers will know how much we frown upon the use of unapproved/mocked up logos on air.
An inset graphic used on tonight’s edition of BBC Look East (Cambridge) is possibly one of the worst examples of this type of thing that we’ve seen.
It would seem that a graphic designer created a mocked up version of the current BBC Radio 1 logo – and animated it. The result: awful.
Thanks @slapehtfonaf1on for flagging.
The official BBC Radio 1 logo looks like this:
11pm Special titles for BBC London anniversary coverage
Using the flexible template for BBC English Regions news titles, BBC London has produced special titles marking the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Wednesday 15th June
12.20pm Forces TV to close at the end of the month
Forces TV has announced that it is closing on 30th June. The channel’s final day of broadcasting coincides with the closure of the COM7 multiplex on Freeview.
“Forces TV bids you farewell on 30 June. We’ve loved bringing you all your favourite classics. @ThisIsBFBS is a military charity and media organisation, now focusing our resources on our military news and stories on our @ForcesNews digital platforms. Thank you for your support.”
Friday 17th June
11.05am EBU to ask the BBC to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest
The EBU has issued a statement regarding the hosting of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
Following a full assessment and feasibility study, the ESC’s governing board has concluded that next year’s Contest cannot be hosted in Ukraine.
Given the invasion of the country by Russian forces, it was not possible to achieve the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host.
The EBU went on to confirm that it would be entering into hosting discussions with the BBC, given that the UK was the runner-up in this year’s Contest.
Within minutes of the EBU statement, the BBC issued a short response: “We have seen the announcement from the EBU. Clearly these aren’t a set of circumstances that anyone would want. Following their decision, we will of course discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.”
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