Category: Features

A detailed treatment of a subject.

Pres implications for ITV Daytime in the new year?

ITV’s new morning schedule starts on 6th January 2020 but will it mean changes to on-screen presentation? The main change concerns the scheduling of Lorraine and This Morning. Lorraine will run from 9am to 10am, straddling the old 9.25am junction

General election treats for pres fans

General elections are big events for broadcasters. Huge efforts go into mounting the overnight programmes – reporters and crews need to be on hand at as many counts as possible and be placed close to party leaders and other major

Archive footage provides evidence of early use of STV branding

A great little find from the archives was recently shared on Twitter by STV Footage Sales.  Better Viewing was made by STV in 1957 to help their viewers understand how to get the most from their televisions – explaining for

The BBC test card and in-vision teletext

TV Presentation has a cousin – trade test transmissions and in-vision teletext pages.

BBC Two clock goes electronic

Last Updated: 12th September 2020. 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 after John Shelley spotted

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 live programming, such as Grandstand

ITV: uniting the network (Part 2)

A few weeks ago I took a look at the ultimate failure of the first attempt to create a unitary image for ITV. So how did a single image for most of ITV come into being barely a decade later?

ITV: uniting the network (part 1)

It’s 30 years since ITV’s first attempt at a proper corporate identity was launched. The 1989 ITV logo was the first concerted effort to turn ITV into a brand although there had been previous attempts at generic logos – notably

PICTURED: UTV's former headquarters - Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast (11th November 2018).

Havelock House – a final look

UTV ceased broadcasting from Havelock House in June 2018, following a relocation to the top floor of the City Quays 2 office block.  The station had clocked up almost 59 years of broadcasting from the Ormeau Road site.  Earlier in

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).