RTÉ TV daily start-ups

Last updated: 6th June 2020. Long after elaborate daily start-up routines were dispensed with on British TV, the tradition continued on Irish TV – until c. 1997 in fact. Though it must be said, RTÉ’s

Early in-vision teletext in Ireland

Until the late-1980s, the test card filled most of the daytime hours on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two. And actually, even by the 1980s, the RTÉ One analogue transmitter network only came back online at

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A minor tweak with significant meaning for UTV?

A good detective spots little details – details which may seem insignificant but which can point to something of more importance. Only the most observant of pres fans will have immediately noticed a little change

Can individual programmes affect the power of a brand?

Last year ITV took swift action following the death of a contributor on The Jeremy Kyle Show. They quickly concluded that the programme could have tarnished both the channel and the company’s reputation.

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

Archive find highlights poor technical quality of BBC NI 80s presentation

A rare find on YouTube highlights the poor technical quality of BBC One Northern Ireland continuity back in the day. The clip from 1980 includes a very poor blue and white clock (the network clock

NI kids’ art featured in ITV idents

UTV’s adoption of ITV branding is, of course, temporary. It is a response to the coronavirus crisis and the need to minimise the number of staff on site. But this week has seen an unexpected

Could some Covid-related broadcasting changes become permanent?

When do stealth changes made during an emergency become permanent? There are quite a few examples of changes to schedules, presentation and even graphics which started out as temporary arrangements.

When will TV get back to normal?

It’s a question many will be wondering just now and one which is impossible to answer.

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ITV for network output – UTV for local output: there is a logic to it

Since Thursday UTV has carried ITV branding as a temporary measure brought about by the coronavirus crisis. It would be wrong to review this in the way one would if it had happened because of

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