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~ BBC National News ~

The BBC have always been a highly respected broadcaster both nationally and internationally, so its perhaps unsurprising this respected public view extends to their news output too. One of the many things the Royal Charter dictates is that they are to provide a high quality news service, which is to be impartial and fair, even from the likes of the Government. Although as they are ultimately in control of the pursestrings, it can create some interesting conflicts. To this end, a massive budget is invested yearly to turn the BBC's news operation into one of the most comprehensive in the world across all outlets. Their TV output, in particular on the flagship BBC1 remains a vital part of this scheme to this day, even in the days of dedicated news channels and websites.


6 'O Clock News - 1980s

The 6 'O Clock news was one of the major evening bulletins for BBC1, designed to be the one the whole family can gather round first thing in the evening. This CGI look was introduced to the 6 O' Clock news in the mid eighties, and lasted through until 1993, when another computer generated look was introduced. At the time, each bulletin had it's own unique visual style. Thanks to Darren for this.


1 'O Clock News End - 1992

From 1992, the ending to the 1 'O Clock news, and a completely different look to this bulletin vs the 6 above.


9 'O Clock News Opening - 1996

In 1993, a more consistent look was introduced across the various news bulletins. This opening comes from the BBC's main late bulletin at the time, the 9 'O Clock news. The studio itself was mostly virtual, with most of the illusion of space being created by computer. This setup also made it very easy to alter colours throughout the day. Only a small desk with a background existed in real life, which could often lead to an amusing cockup when, at the end of the news, the computer generated studio moved as the camera panned, but the actual desk shot didn't, hovering eerily over the top in the middle of the screen.


9 'O Clock News Ending - 1996

The accompanying ending to the 1996 look. Unlike the 6 'O Clock, the 9 'O Clock news no longer exists today. During the debacle of ITV moving their bulletin to 11pm, the BBC took advantage of the situation to move things to 10 themselves, creating a larger gap for running documentaries, comedy and films in primetime.


BBC News - 1998

The opening to a short daytime BBC News Bulletin, showing how the 1993-1998 opening looked, after the BBC corporate logo change.


1 'O Clock News - 2001

In the late 90s, this new corporate look was introduced across the whole of the BBC, even extending to the regional look for the first time, and using the change as an opportunity to integrate the regional and national news headlines seamlessly. Something ITV took several years to catch up on. The BBC were one of the earliest to switch news production to widescreen too, despite the fact that most of the internationally sourced material and their feeds remained in 4:3 for some years so had to be cropped to fit.


1 'O Clock News - 2004

2004, and the look of the National News package was updated to match that of the recently changed BBC News 24 and BBC World.


Vote 2001

Now for a few oddities from the BBC News stable. First up are the Special opening titles from the BBC's Coverage of the Election in 2001. Clip thanks to Ashley B.


BBC1 Bulletin - 2004

Throughout the afternoon on BBC1, this special set of titles were used to introduce short bulletins which must come from the worst CSO set I have ever seen.


BBC2 - Hand Over to Report (Easter 2002)

On Easter Saturday 2002, news broke of the sad death of the Queen Mother. In honour of this fact, the BBC dropped out of schedules on both BBC1 and BBC2, as well as their international channels, to join a simulcast news special from the BBC National studio. This file shows the cut from the scheduled programme 'Steptoe and Son' on BBC2. (Date on clip to be fixed soon)


BBC4 News

This edition of BBC Four news was shown during the first night simulcast on BBC2... only they left the ident music on a little bit too long!!! This is a programme normally on during the week, which is streamed out on both BBC4, and the non-UK BBC World.


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