Category: Opinion

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

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

PICTURED: UTV ident.

New Year changes for UTV?

ITV’s new look is due to appear on 1st January. It’ll be an exciting day for pres fans. A dramatic change to the look of ITV plus the big unanswered question – what, if anything,

PICTURED: UTV ident.

ITV branding creeping in on UTV

This year all the programmes which don’t have a regular sponsor are being supported by Dreams Beds. The announcement is simple: “Dreams Beds sponsors Christmas on ITV.”

PICTURED: UTV weather graphic.

ITV branding on UTV weather

An interesting example of ITV branding by stealth appeared on UTV tonight.  ITV is running a campaign along with VISA which features its regional weather presenters during the ad break before Emmerdale on Fridays.

PICTURED: Subtitles graphic.

Are all these subtitles reminders really necessary?

For many years now, the main UK television networks have offered subtitles for all their programme output.  Whether a programme is pre-recorded or live, subtitles are a standard feature.  The primary audience – deaf viewers – certainly