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.

Regional ITV anniversaries: to celebrate or not to celebrate

Anniversaries are a funny time for media organisations. On the one hand, they can be an opportunity to celebrate genuine achievements or indulge in some harmless nostalgia. On the other, no forward-looking organisation wants to

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

BBC Two clock goes electronic

Updated: 7th September 2019. The project to replace the Noddy-based clock caption device (where a camera was placed in front of a mechanical clock and colour added by a colour synthesiser) was initiated in 1979

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

Last updated: 2nd February 2020. 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