Category: Archives

On-screen presentation, promotions, ads and programme graphics/titles from yesteryear – courtesy of The TV Room archive and YouTube/Vimeo channels.

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 the BBC’s news programmes were

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.

PICTURED: BBC Two ident - Christmas 1978.

Rare footage of 1978 BBC Two Christmas ident released

Last updated: 23rd December 2019. The TV Museum group has today released footage of a 1978 BBC Two junction which includes 7 seconds of the Christmas ident from that year. No copies of the ident exist in the BBC archive.

The history of test cards on Irish TV

Until the mid-1980s, the test card was a common sight on RTÉ TV during daytime hours. Prior to that, RTÉ never really embraced the idea of a morning or early afternoon programme schedule (with the exception of weekends).