Category: Archives

Occasional forays into the archive. This will typically be material from The TV Room archive or items posted by users on YouTube or Vimeo.

Remembering the launch of BBC One’s circle-themed idents

At 10am on Saturday 7th October 2006, BBC One launched a new on-air identity. On the thirteenth anniversary of their on air debit, we take a look back at comments from those involved in the

The mystery of the additional mechanical BBC clocks

Until the early 1980s, BBC One and BBC Two made use of mechanical clock devices as a means of introducing certain programmes, such as the news. The clock was also generally used to lead into

PICTURED: BBC One 1985 clock (recreation).

BBC One closedown curiosities from the past

In the days before BBC News 24/BBC News Channel, BBC One closed down overnight. The BBC One announcer would bid us goodnight over the channel clock, before putting up the BBC One globe symbol and

PICTURED: BBC One clock.

BBC brand refresh – 1981 style

In September 1981 the BBC One globe was modified – the electronic colour was changed and the logo was modified. They were subtle changes which most viewers would scarcely notice. They were not the equivalent

PICTURED: BBC One ident.

Launch timing for 1981 BBC One symbol

The TV Room contributor Andrew Nairn has spotted a rather useful clip on YouTube, which helps narrow down the timing of the launch of the BBC One blue/green mechanical globe symbol, featuring the striped logo.

PICTURED: BBC One Northern Ireland information slide.

2005 BBC strike

BBC staff went on strike from midnight on Monday 23rd May 2005 for 24 hours. They were protesting at plans to cut 3,780 jobs and privatise parts of the Corporation.

PICTURED: a still from the opening title sequence of a BBC One news programme in 1999.

BBC News: the beginning of the Lambie-Nairn/David Lowe era

On 10th May 1999, the BBC’s television news service was relaunched. But unlike previous revamps, this would be a more substantial upheaval – an attempt to unify the image of the television news operation across

PICTURED: Studio N1, BBC Television Centre (1994).

BBC News virtual era ends

On Sunday 9th May 1999, the BBC News “virtual set” was aired for the final time. First introduced in April 1993, the set revolutionised the BBC’s television news presentation. Until this point, the majority of

PICTURED: a portion of the collapsed Emley Moor Mast (1969).

Look North remembers 1969 Emley Moor mast collapse

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the collapse of the Emley Moor transmitter in Yorkshire. Tonight’s edition of @BBCLookNorth looks back at the events of 19th March 1969.

PICTURED: RTÉ One in-vision continuity (mid-1990s). Announcer: Noel Fogarty.

1980s/1990s RTÉ presentation

One of our favourite YouTube channels – Killianm2 – has published lots of Irish TV pres-related goodies recently. Here are some of the items that caught our attention.