All posts by Andrew Nairn

Centralised ITV continuity showing its flaws

The downside of UTV’s move to network continuity was exposed embarrassingly and painfully on Monday night. Political programme The View from Stormont was referred to as “Views from Stormfront”.

The demise of BBC Schools and Colleges branding

The return of a form of schools broadcasting next week has provoked inevitable nostalgia – and not just from pres fans.

Why did STV’s expensive 1985 rebrand fall out of favour so quickly?

This week saw tributes to Martin Lambie-Nairn – the man behind many famous TV graphics. The original Channel 4 blocks, the 1991 BBC Two idents and the BBC One balloon truly deserve the word iconic. But not all of his

The channel brand that was bigger than its programmes

It was hugely fitting that Channel 4 paid tribute to Martin Lambie-Nairn on Monday night after his death. Without him, who knows whether the channel would have flourished.

Martin Lambie-Nairn: a giant of TV branding

Martin Lambie-Nairn will go down in media history as the inventor of modern television branding.

Just when we thought UTV branding was being killed off

Just when you thought the story of UTV channel branding was over comes an unexpected post-script. Christmas on UTV – yes UTV – has a sponsor.

From Thames “In Colour” – in 1989?

In an age when branding is taken so seriously, it’s interesting to look back on a time when it wasn’t. One of the great mysteries lost in time is why many ITV companies continued to actively promote colour until well

BSB merger anniversary reflections

It is but a footnote in the history of British broadcasting. 30 years ago BSB – the IBA-regulated satellite broadcaster on the air for barely 8 months  – merged with Sky to create British Sky Broadcasting.

The end of an era – a time to take stock

The official end of UTV continuity marks the end of regional announcers at ITV plc – only STV, an entirely separate company, still has them.

PICTURED: UTV ident.

ITV confirms no return to UTV branding in Northern Ireland

There was an inevitability about today’s news that ITV branding on UTV is to become permanent.