Category: Opinion

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

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: the new BBC Weather logo.

BBC Weather adopts BBC Reith font

BBC Weather today unveiled an updated TV graphics package. Nothing major – just a change of font, from Helvetica to BBC Reith. The bespoke BBC font is being rolled out across all BBC services on

PICTURED: still from the BBC Business Live opening titles.

BBC Business Live titles update

The piecemeal rollout of the BBC Reith font across BBC News continues. On Monday morning, the BBC Business Live titles were updated to BBC Reith. Naturally, all other graphics used within the programme (e.g., lower-thirds,

PICTURED: BBC Films logo.

BBC Logo Watch

Updated: 20th October 2019. Hard though it may be to believe, but the BBC sometimes struggles to get its own logo right. Since it was introduced in October 1997, there have been countless on-air examples

PICTURED: Ben Rich presenting a BBC Weather bulletin.

Which BBC weather forecast do I trust?

Just caught the Weather for the Week Ahead at 1.25am on BBC One. Weather for Northern Ireland looking OK tomorrow. A few minutes later, BBC One joined the BBC News Channel – and did that

PICTURED: Channel 4 ETP-1 test card.

Channel 4 pre-1993 oddities

For its first 10 years, Channel 4 was not a commercial broadcaster in the real sense. It was owned by the IBA and paid for by the ITV companies. They could help recoup the cost

PICTURED: East Anglian Air Ambulance logo.

What does East Anglian Air Ambulance and RTÉ have in common?

Stumbled upon this earlier, completely at random. Who would’ve thought that the East Anglian Air Ambulance and RTÉ could possibly have anything in common? The 1969 – 1986 RTÉ corporate logo design (shown below right)

PICTURED: BBC Two promotion endboard.

Sort out your promo endboards BBC Two

On 27th September 2018, we welcomed a new BBC Two on-screen presentation package with open arms. After a number of years of recycled idents and hideous promo endboard templates, BBC Two’s OSP was finally back

PICTURED: UTV break bumper.

ITV sticks with UTV brand

The New Year heralded a brand new look to ITV. The new series of idents are clearly designed to challenge the conceptions light viewers may hold about the channel. Instead of safe and cosy they

PICTURED: UTV ident.

What’s in a name?

As we wait to see whether the New Year will bring some ITV branding to UTV, it’s worth taking a look at the long process which led to the decline of regional brands elsewhere. The