BBC One Scotland clock in BBC Two colours

A really obscure bit of BBC presentation trivia now. For a period in 1985, a small glitch in the BBC Scotland television continuity suite resulted in the BBC One Scotland clock taking on the colours of the BBC Two clock for a fraction of a second.

The problem may only have manifested itself when switching between the clock and the COW (computer originated world) symbol.

If you look very closely at the footage below, you’ll see at least one frame of the BBC One clock face in the orange/white colours of the BBC Two clock of the period, just as the announcer cuts to the globe.

The ‘BBC1 Scotland’ logo on the clock is actually the logo from the globe symbol. It was overlaid on the clock using a split screen device. BBC One Scotland opted for the split screen solution to get around the inferior rendering of the channel logo generated by the clock kit.

So, if the ‘BBC1 Scotland’ logo wasn’t overlaid on the output from the clock kit, for that very brief moment that the clock appeared in orange/white colours, it’s very likely that we would’ve seen the BBC Two logo of the time.

VIDEO: BBC One Scotland closedown. TX DATE: 5th October 1985. SUPPLIED BY: YouTube Channel – ADC TV Collection – TVSProductions82. COPYRIGHT: BBC.

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PICTURED: BBC One Scotland clock colour glitch. SUPPLIED BY: YouTube Channel - ADC TV Collection - TVSProductions82. COPYRIGHT: BBC.

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