BBC One reintroduces now/next pointers

As reported earlier on the TV Forum website, BBC One seems to have brought back now/next sequences. A design first seen in January 2016 was used in the junction leading into tonight’s edition of The Graham Norton Show. Now/next pointers

RTÉ One updates promo endboard

RTÉ One has been phasing in a new promotion endboard design over the last few days. The previous design – first aired in January 2014 – is still in use but it does look as though it’s on the way

How did TCF become such an iconic BBC image?

It is an iconic BBC image – part of the brand heritage and as much a statement of the BBC of the 70s and 80s as the globe or the famous weather symbols. But the BBC is not the sole owner

The history of the BBC trade test transmission

First published in 2008. Last updated: 4th August 2020. This page contains examples of the various tuning signals and test cards used on BBC Television since the 1930s. The feature remains a work-in-progress and we’d be delighted to hear from

Current BBC News branding comes of age

The current BBC News package is a direct evolution of the new look introduced in May 1999. Titles and sets have changed a few times, the music has been tweaked and the main news has shifted to 10pm. But the

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 daily ritual was a fairly

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 10am (weekdays) after the overnight

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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 to UTV+1 which is believed

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 down during the night. Unlike

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