Happy New Year 2023
Returning for the sixth year running, our look around how broadcasters big and small covered the changeover from 2022 to 2023 in their continuity junctions. With a big thanks to all of those working tirelessly in continuity, presentation and playout throughout the New Year period - I like to think this page helps make sure such work doesn't go unnoticed!
Since the previous year, Forces TV who had traditionally punched well above their weight with New Year continuity had closed, leaving the job to mark the occasion back with a lot of the traditional bigger broadcasters. Out of these, Discovery-owned channels continued with their policy of never deviating continuity scripts from pre-recorded adverts for their Discovery+ streaming service, while Channel 5 returned to their more traditional stance of barely mentioning the occasion too.
Among other broadcasters, the pattern remained similar to that of previous years, with primary channels tending to mention it, and the smaller offshoots of these being more varied.
ITV1 (8.30pm NYE) - 2022
ITV1 (ITV News Ending NYE) - 2023
Following tradition, ITV1 ran mostly longer pre-recorded shows throughout New Year's Eve 2022, before cutting to the ITV News shortly before midnight for live coverage for the year crossover itself. The ending here from the short New Year bulletin aired shortly after midnight and featured the traditional yearly appearance of the New Year ITV News production endcap.
ITV1 (ITV National Weather) - 2023
ITV1 (12.05am NYD) - 2023
ITV1 (1.50am NYD) - 2023
ITV1 (6am NYD) - 2023
ITV1 (9.25am NYD) - 2023
STV (8.30pm NYE) - 2022
STV (11.30pm NYE) - 2022
STV (12.05am NYD) - 2023
STV (9.25am NYD) - 2023
Channel 4 (9pm NYE) - 2022
Channel 4's family of channels were a mixed bag in terms of how they marked the New Year changeover for 2022 to 2023. Their offshoot digital channels tended to be a bit quiet in their mentions before midnight, with more mentions just after midnight. The main Channel 4 had their traditional schedule of longer specials and movies for the New Year meaning fewer junctions for continuity, however those that were present made frequent mentions of the occasion including in the pre-midnight build up, with Danny Cowan on announcing duty. The 9pm junction on the channel here.
Channel 4 (11pm NYE) - 2022
Channel 4 (12.35am NYD) - 2023
Channel 4 (2.05am NYD) - 2023
E4 (11.05pm - NYE) - 2022
In previous years, E4 announcements had tended to build up the excitement over the course of New Year's Eve. However for the 2022 to 2023 crossover, most of the evening junctions made little reference to the New Year. This finally changed close to midnight however, with their last announcement of 2022 briefly mentioning the fact it was New Year's Eve. In normal times, the rebranded E4 Extra sister channel only used a small handful of vague generic announcements into every junction and these were the same across New Year too.
E4 (12.05am - NYD) - 2023
More4 (12am NYD) - 2023
References to New Year on More4 had been much thinner on the ground than usual throughout the course of New Year's Eve, making it look like the channel was also playing down the occasion. However as the clocks ticked past midnight announcements on More4 finally started to make more reference to the changeover, welcoming viewers into the New Year. The midnight junction here.
More4 (1.20am NYD) - 2023
Film4 (12.55am NYD) - 2023
4Seven (11.50pm NYE) - 2022
S4C (10.30pm NYE) - 2022
S4C (12.05am NYD) - 2023
Channel 5 (10pm ECP NYE) - 2022
After a brief break with their continuity the previous year, Channel 5 returned to their tradition of running long filler shows over the New Year but making no real acknowledgement of the New Year in junctions. The closest we got was this End Credit Announcement just before 10pm at least briefly mentioning that the next day was New Year's Day.
Pick (11.10pm NYE) - 2022
Dave (12am NYD) - 2023
UKTV was a bit of a mix in terms of how they marked the New Year. Their flagship Freeview channel Dave had been known for making the most references in previous years. However despite a change to the continuity team in 2022 to try and add more variety to their announcements, junctions during the evening and early morning for 2022 into 2023 didn't acknowledge the New Year occasion at all. The closest the channel got was a visual one in picking the recently added 'Surely this can wait until January' ident for their very first junction of 2023, though even this may have been entirely coincidental.
Yesterday (10pm ECP NYE) - 2022
Yesterday (11.20pm NYE) - 2022
W (10pm NYE) - 2022
W (11.59pm ECP NYE) - 2022
W (12am NYD) - 2022
BBC One (9.10pm NYE) - 2022
BBC One NI (9.10pm NYE) - 2022
BBC One Wales (9.10pm NYE) - 2022
BBC One Scotland (9.50pm NYE) - 2022
BBC One NI (10.10pm NYE) - 2022
News links are normally kept very formal with a standardised script, and most of the nations that were taking the 10.10pm bulletin simply referred to it as the 'late news'. Always the rebels at BBC Northern Ireland though, they still managed to slip a brief New Year reference into this link too. Although officially the festive presentation was still running at this point, following tragic events during a cold snap earlier in December the festive 'river' ident had not been used before news bulletins since mid-December, with standard non-festive idents used from that point.
BBC One Scotland (11pm NYE) - 2022
BBC One (11.30pm NYE) - 2022
The final junction of 2022 on BBC One Network aired into at 11.30pm, thanking people for spending the year with the channel and saying they'd see us on the other side. By which we presume continuity meant midnight, and not that she was about to hop over to ITV. This also marked the last airing of the BBC One festive presentation for 2022.
BBC One NI (11.30pm NYE) - 2022
BBC One Wales (11.30pm NYE) - 2022
BBC One Scotland (11.30pm NYE) - 2022
BBC One Scotland (12.30am NYD) - 2023
BBC One Scotland's first junction of 2023 aired a little earlier than the other nations at 12.30am due to their opted out schedule, although followed the same script as the slightly later junction for the other nations. A namecheck was included from announcer/director Graham Anderson. As had been the case in previous years, BBC One Scotland was the only nation which needed to continue with local continuity throughout the rest of the night rather than joining network due to their differing schedule.
BBC One (12.45am NYD) - 2023
BBC One NI (12.45am NYD) - 2023
BBC One Wales (12.45am NYD) - 2023
BBC One (2.30am NYD) - 2023
BBC One Scotland (3.15am NYD) - 2023
BBC One (8.30am NYD) - 2023
BBC One NI (8.30am NYD) - 2023
BBC One Wales (8.30am NYD) - 2023
BBC One Scotland (8.30am NYD) - 2023
BBC Two (10pm NYE) - 2022
BBC Two Wales (10pm NYE) - 2022
BBC Two NI (10pm NYE) - 2022
BBC Two (11pm NYE) - 2022
BBC Two Wales (11pm NYE) - 2022
BBC Two (1.35am NYD) - 2023
BBC Two (6.15am NYD) - 2023
Due to the lack of closedown announcements, BBC Two's last junction for the night was at 3am, though made little reference to the New Year other than the vague 'if you're still going' remark. After a few further hours gap, the first good morning junction with a New Year welcome was at 6.15am on the 1st January. This again was provided by network across all the nations.
BBC Three (7pm NYE) - 2022
Although the first year of BBC Three's return as broadcast channel had brought no Christmas branding (cuz da BBC know da yoof don't do Christmas, right?), the channel wasn't to be left out of New Year too with several announcements referencing the occasion that night. The opening 7pm junction for the channel started things off for New Year's Eve with a script also fitting in as many down with the kids refs as poss for BBC Three. Totes amazeballs innit!
BBC Three (12am NYD) - 2023
BBC Three (12am NYD) - 2023
BBC Three (2am NYD) - 2023
BBC Four (12.15am NYD) - 2023
BBC News (11.59pm NYE) - 2022
In order to already be on air for the midnight chimes simulcast with BBC One, the BBC News Channel ran their top of the hour countdown a minute earlier than usual to start the news at 11.59pm. With an explanation included from newsreader David Eades for anyone who may have worried their clocks were suddenly wrong.