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The time when Christmas branding meant a new mechanical model

For some of us, recording and archiving BBC TV Christmas symbols has been an annual ritual for many years.

Why are viewers in England still seeing that red screen in 2020?

First published: 13th September 2019. Last updated: 3rd November 2020. I know it’s a point that’s been raised many times by viewers and in various online forums – but, ten years since an HD version of BBC One was launched

Dropped frames galore on Gordon Ramsay show

I was flicking through the channels in the early hours of this morning, and stumbled upon the surprisingly poor technical quality of a show going out on Channel 4.

BBC Radio branding in need of a tidy-up

Last updated: 4th June 2020. Back in 1997, the BBC realised that it was responsible for hundreds of very different looking logos, ranging from broadcast channels to corporate services. As well as being very expensive, the other big negative is

BBC One Peter Crouch promo issues

Today saw the launch of the full-version promotion for one of BBC One’s highest profile shows in recent weeks: Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer. Hopefully the comedy in the show will be better than the trail suggests. Anyhow, on to

A lesson in how not to execute a BBC One/BBC News Channel handover

Since the launch of BBC News 24 in November 1997, BBC One has used a simulcast of the 24-hour news channel to fill the overnight hours. Prior to that, BBC One’s transmitter network was closed down during the night. Unlike

PICTURED: BBC One ident - Birdwatchers, Rainham Marshes - Version 2.

Time to ditch Oneness?

Updated: Tuesday 7th April 2020. With the BBC currently going to great lengths to relay, reinforce and implement the government’s directive around social distancing, it seems a little odd that BBC One’s current on-screen presentation continues to promote the idea

BBC News looking a little inconsistent in the nations

In mid-July, BBC regional news programmes in England got the BBC Reith treatment. As well as adopting the same on-screen graphics as national news programmes, a new format for opening titles was also rolled out. Although the new sequence provides

BBC Two idents: the unwanted pair

After many years in the branding wilderness, BBC Two’s Curve idents were a breath of fresh air when they arrived on our screens in September last year. During their first year, a number of idents seemed to have been sidelined

Is programme slide and voiceover making a comeback?

The days of an announcer promoting a programme over a static slide are long gone. Or, are they? It might not be a static slide, but this promotion for BBC One Northern Ireland’s local offering, The Hospital, is not too