Happy New Year 2020

Our yearly roundup of how the New Year crossover from 2019 to 2020 passed by on channels. Featuring coverage from the main terrestrials (across all the nations), as well as many smaller digital channels, and even a smattering of the German stations for the first time this year.

BBC Scotland (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

The last announcement for 2019 on the BBC Scotland channel was made into the 11.30pm junction - a simulcast of the Hogmanay show on their main BBC One Scotland.


BBC Scotland (New Year 2020) - 2020

A special ident from BBC Scotland to welcome in the New Year for 2020. Aired at 12.30 in an extended playout, the regular powder ident is recoloured in Scottish colours, complete with an announcement of what a change the channel has made for 2019.


BBC Alba (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

The final announcement for 2019 for Gaelic-language channel BBC Alba was made in-vision into the 11.30pm junction on 31st December leading into their ceilidh show.


BBC One (New Year 2020) - 2019

Building up to midnight on BBC One with talk of how to welcome in the New Year. The lead in to the 10.20pm Graham Norton junction on Network. Only Network, Wales and Northern Ireland were on this same timing.


BBC One Wales (New Year 2020) - 2019

The 10.20pm New Year's Eve junction as aired on BBC One Wales.


BBC One NI (New Year 2020) - 2019

The same build-up junction again as aired on BBC One Northern Ireland.


BBC One Scotland (New Year 2020) - 2019

BBC One Scotland, as per usual for Hogmanay, were opted out of the network schedule for their own programming resulting in different junctions. Here they build up to the Scottish New Year in the 11pm junction.


BBC One (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

With New Year getting ever closer, the final 2019 junction from BBC One Network aired at 11.25pm. Despite being the last chance to see the Christmas idents for this year too, they repeated the use of the 'Roomba' ident that had appeared in the previous junction.


BBC One Wales (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

BBC One Wales make their last announcement for 2019 into the 11.25pm junction on the 31st as well. Also choosing to use the 'Roomba' ident once more.


BBC One NI (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

The last announcement from BBC One Northern Ireland for 2019, aired into the 11.25pm junction. Unlike the other nations sharing this junction, they chose to use a different ident for their last airing of the Christmas set, going with the 'Cuckoo Clock'.


BBC One Scotland (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

BBC One Scotland make their final announcement of 2019 and the last with the Christmas branding. Airing at a slightly different time to the other nations of 11.30pm, they went with the 'Cuckoo Clock' the same as Northern Ireland had.


BBC One Scotland (First Anno 2020) - 2020

BBC One Scotland made their first announcement of 2020 a little earlier than the other nations due to their opted-out schedule, leading into a junction at 12.30. This also meant they were the first to return to non-festive presentation with Bhangra Dancers.


BBC One (First Anno 2020) - 2020

The first proper junction of 2020 for BBC One Network was around 1am. As well as welcoming viewers to the new year, visually it marked the return to the regular presentation package with Llama Trekkers making an appearance.


BBC One Wales (First Anno 2020) - 2020

BBC One Wales also made their first announcement for 2020 in the same junction on January 1st. This would be their last local junction for the night, with subsequent overnight junctions taking network. Llama Trekkers appeared in this junction, the same as Network.


BBC One NI (First Anno 2020) - 2020

BBC One Northern Ireland also made their first announcement of 2020 around the 1am junction, choosing to use Night Kayakers to mark their return to regular presentation too. This was also the last local junction from Northern Ireland for the night.


BBC One Scotland (New Year 2020) - 2020

Due to their opted-out schedule, BBC One Scotland continued with local presentation until the end of broadcasting for the night. Here they lead into the late Weather a little after 2.30am, slightly later than billed.


BBC One Scotland (New Year 2020) - 2020

BBC One Scotland brought their New Year programming to a close a few minutes later, handing over to BBC News for the night at about 2.40am.


BBC One (New Year 2020) - 2020

BBC One Network was joined by Wales and Northern Ireland for the rest of the night on January 1st. Continuity makes further reference to the New Year in the 4am junction into the late weather.


BBC One (New Year 2020) - 2020

A few minutes after that, BBC One Network (and Northern Ireland and Wales who were taking the feed) closed down for the first time in 2020.


BBC One (New Year 2020) - 2020

The first 2020 startup announcement for BBC One Network aired at 9am on 1st January, welcoming viewers to the New Year once again.


BBC One Wales (New Year 2020) - 2020

Local continuity for BBC One Wales returned for the first 2020 startup at 9am, with their customary Good Morning and Happy New Year greetings in Welsh.


BBC One NI (New Year 2020) - 2020

The first startup for 2020 for BBC One Northern Ireland saw them using Sausage Dogs, the same as Network.


BBC One Scotland (New Year 2020) - 2020

The first startup from BBC One Scotland for 2020, welcoming viewers at 9am on 1st January. Scotland were the only nation to use a different ident into this junction, opting for Allotment Holders.


BBC Two (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

BBC Two Network made their last announcement for 2019 into the 11.15pm junction on the 31st. This would also be the last junction to use the Christmas branding.


BBC Two NI (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

BBC Two Northern Ireland also made their last 2019 announcement into the 11.15pm junction on the 31st. Both NI and Wales would join network for the rest of the night after this point.


BBC Two Wales (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

BBC Two Wales wishes everyone a Happy New Year from 'BBC Wales Television Presentation', as they make their last 2019 announcement at 11.15pm. Also acknowledging that it'll be their last New Year from the old BBC Wales building.


BBC Two (First Anno 2020) - 2020

After midnight on BBC Two, all nations took the network feed. So the first junction of 2020 at 1.20am was seen by everyone. This junction also signalled the return to non-festive presentation on the channel.


BBC Two (New Year 2020) - 2020

BBC Two's first junction of the first broadcast day for 2020 was at 6.15am on 1st January.


BBC Four (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

The last 2019 announcement on BBC Four was made into the 11.45pm junction on the channel, introducing comedy with Vic and Bob. This would also be the last airing of the Christmas ident for that year.


BBC Four (First Anno 2020) - 2020

The first announcement of 2020 on BBC Four was made into the 12.15am junction, welcoming viewers to the New Year.


ITV (New Year 2020) - 2019

Building up towards midnight on New Years Eve on ITV, with some teasers of the programmes and fireworks to come. From the 11pm junction on the 31st.


ITV (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

The last junction on ITV for 2019, used to lead into their short news coverage of the New Year at around 11.55pm. The version of that week's ITV Creates ident without the confetti firing was used.


ITV (First Anno 2020) - 2020

The first announcement of 2020 on ITV used the version of that week's ITV Creates ident with the confetti cannon exploding, and aired around 12.10am on the 1st January.


ITV (New Year 2020) - 2020

The same Anna Lomax idents continued at 6am, at the very start of the first 2020 broadcasting day for ITV.


UTV (New Year 2020) - 2019

UTV had continued to use their old-ITV-style idents throughout 2019, so New Years Eve followed a similar ident pattern to previous years. In the 11pm junction on the 31st, Julian provided a pre-recorded announcement building up towards midnight.


UTV (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

Following the same schedule as ITV main, the last pre-recorded announcement for UTV for 2019 was into the New Year news coverage at 11.55pm.


UTV (First Anno 2020) - 2020

The first 2020 announcement from UTV was aired shortly after midnight in the 12.10am junction. Still using the Santa ident we'd all grown tired of on the main ITV network many years before.


STV (New Year 2020) - 2019

As per tradition, STV had a completely opted out schedule for New Year 2020, with different junction timings to the rest of the ITV network. During the build up to midnight, the channel also aired their own news lookback show, complete with this introduction in the 10.45pm junction.


STV (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

The last 2019 announcement from STV aired at 11.30pm on the 31st, and followed their usual tradition of barely acknowledging the New Year, and just scripting the announcement very similar to any other programme junction.


STV (First Anno 2020) - 2020

You could almost be forgiven for realising the New Year had just passed in the the first announcement of 2020 on STV, as they introduced a timeshifted programme about 2019 at 12.20am with very little fanfare about the date change.


STV (New Year 2020) - 2020

Even later into the night in the 1.10am junction on STV, they finally made more acknowledgement of the New Year in the announcement, sending out good wishes.


Channel 4 (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

Similar to what they had done the previous year, Channel 4 scheduled a long two hour programme to straddle the New Year 2020 crossover. This meant their final programme announcement for 2019 was made at 11.05pm on the 31st.


Channel 4 (First Anno 2020) - 2020

At around 1am on the 1st January, Channel 4 made their first announcement for 2020, briefly welcoming people into the New Year.


Channel 5 (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

Channel 5 scheduled another one of their marathon clip show programmes over the New Year 2020, meaning their last announcement for 2019 was made around 11.20pm on the 31st. There was no further acknowledgement in the junction after the date changeover as this was leading into overnight filler. However we expect Channel 5 will rehash New Year 2020 under a different name at some point in the middle of Summer, so they'll get another chance then.


Film4 (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

Channel 4's spinoff channels were good for acknowledging the New Year changeover to 2020. The last announcement from Film4 aired into the 11.10pm junction on the 31st, talking about their first movie lineup for 2020, before making an end of year announcement.


Film4 (First Anno 2020) - 2020

The first announcement for 2020 from Film4, welcoming viewers into the New Year on the channel. This aired in the 12.50pm junction on 1st January.


E4 (New Year 2020) - 2019

E4 built up to New Year 2020 with references in several junctions leading to midnight. The announcement from the 11.20pm junction on the 31st.


E4 (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

The last announcement from E4 for 2019 aired around 11.50pm on the 31st, leading into a show which would span the year crossover.


E4 (First Anno 2020) - 2020

12.27am on 1st January saw the first announcement from E4 for the New Year, with continuity sending greetings as well as apologising for not being able to do so bang on midnight for... reasons!


More4 (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

More4's last announcement of 2019 was made into the 11.40pm junction, during another Father Ted marathon.


More4 (First Anno 2020) - 2020

The first announcement from More4 from 2020 aired about 35 minutes later around 12.15am, welcoming people to the New Year.


4seven (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

Making for a fairly complete set from the traditional Channel 4 family, 4seven's last announcement for 2019 was aired into the 11.35pm junction.


4seven (First Anno 2020) - 2020

On the other side of midnight, 4seven's first junction of 2020 was into the 12.40am junction.


ITV2 (New Year 2020) - 2020

Most ITV2 announcements building up to midnight were fairly generic ones about their usual selection of Family Guy showings. However in the 12.30am junction on 1st January, they finally made a brief acknowledgement of the New Year too.


ITVBe (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

ITVBe made their last continuity announcement of 2019 around 11.30pm, welcoming in the New Year with a show spanning the date changeover.


Quest Red (Last ECP 2019) - 2019

Similar to the previous year, the main Quest channel barely acknowledged the New Year, while sister channel Quest Red made much more of the occasion. This ECP aired barely minutes before midnight on Quest Red on the 31st December, making it their last 2019 announcement.


Quest Red (First Anno 2020) - 2020

A few minutes later on Quest Red, and their first announcement of 2020 went out as well welcoming viewers to the New Year over one of their festive idents.


Blaze (Last Anno 2019) - 2019

A+E Networks-owned channel 'Blaze' made their last announcement of 2019 into the 11.30pm junction complete with references to exiting 2019. Junctions after midnight went out without continuity.


Drama (New Year 2020) - 2020

Drama's continuity in the run up to midnight was fairly standard programme-related fare. A special announcement from them later on in the afternoon of the 1st January to welcome in the New Year appears here though.


RTL (New Year 2020) - 2020

With idents and continuity not being as big on the German stations as the UK, most of the celebrations in Germany were as part of programmes. RTL counts down to midnight as part of their celebrations, before branded graphics come up to wish everyone a Happy New Year.


RTL Zwei (New Year 2020) - 2020

Over on sister channel RTL Zwei, a different live countdown was done to mark the New Year - the first under the channel's refreshed image.


DMAX Austria (New Year News 2020) - 2020

The German version of DMAX aired their own news show shortly after midnight on 1st January to welcome in 2020. Although references are made to the date changeover, most of the articles are pre-recorded earlier in the day. Recorded here from the near-identical Austria simulcast of the channel.


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