Category: Opinion

A current broadcast project or a random (relevant) subject comes under the spotlight.

Archive find highlights poor technical quality of BBC NI 80s presentation

A rare find on YouTube highlights the poor technical quality of BBC One Northern Ireland continuity back in the day. The clip from 1980 includes a very poor blue and white clock (the network clock

NI kids’ art featured in ITV idents

UTV’s adoption of ITV branding is, of course, temporary. It is a response to the coronavirus crisis and the need to minimise the number of staff on site. But this week has seen an unexpected

Could some Covid-related broadcasting changes become permanent?

When do stealth changes made during an emergency become permanent? There are quite a few examples of changes to schedules, presentation and even graphics which started out as temporary arrangements.

When will TV get back to normal?

It’s a question many will be wondering just now and one which is impossible to answer.

PICTURED: UTV break bumper.

ITV for network output – UTV for local output: there is a logic to it

Since Thursday UTV has carried ITV branding as a temporary measure brought about by the coronavirus crisis. It would be wrong to review this in the way one would if it had happened because of

When major events impact broadcasting

There have not been many occasions when extraordinary events or national crises have had a fundamental effect on broadcasting. Normally the impact of a news story is limited to specific schedule changes to allow for

PICTURED: UTV ident.

UTV on-air branding suspended

The terrible impact of the coronavirus crisis continues to affect TV badly. A number of significant changes to schedules have been made to help protect staff and core programmes.

Later Newsnight start worth considering for the longer-term?

Two significant changes to BBC News output happen on Monday. Because of the impact of coronavirus, regional bulletins during BBC Breakfast are being suspended. Meanwhile Newsnight is moving to 10.45pm to alllow it to share

PICTURED: BBC One ident - Birdwatchers, Rainham Marshes - Version 2.

Time to ditch Oneness?

Updated: Tuesday 7th April 2020. With the BBC currently going to great lengths to relay, reinforce and implement the government’s directive around social distancing, it seems a little odd that BBC One’s current on-screen presentation

The unsung heroes of broadcasting

In these difficult times it is important to celebrate the unsung heroes of broadcasting. Presentation departments, promotions teams and the engineering workers who play a part in getting the signal to viewers can easily go