BBC News Channel

The BBC launched their UK rolling news channel, shortly before the advent of Digital, although it was planned primarily as a Digital channel. Initially launched in 1999 as BBC News 24, it was later renamed as the somewhat more mundane 'BBC News Channel' (although the word channel rarely appears on air). The channel often appears on the main terrestrial channels as filler material in late hours, or even as mainstream material during breaking news. Over the years the look of the channel has closely followed that of BBC World, their slightly older counterpart news channel for an international audience. At launch, both channels had a look very distinct from the news on the rest of the BBC, however from late 1999 onwards they have all followed a very similar corporate look.

BBC News 24 (10/1999-9/12/2003)


BBC News 24 - Main Titles (4:3) - 2002

The main titles from 2002, used every hour after the headlines on News 24.


BBC News 24 - Main Titles (16:9) - 2002

The opening titles from 2002, as they appeared when broadcast in widescreen!


BBC News 24 Countdown 2002

Leading up to the hour, a countdown is used. Sometimes, as in this example, they overlay a menu. The full playout of the countdown lasts 90 seconds, of which we usually saw about 30 or 40.


BBC News 24 Countdown 2002 (Longer Version)

This example is close to the full 90, starting at 75 seconds. It also has no menu overlaid!


BBC News 24 Countdown 2002 (16:9)

Another countdown, this time in widescreen, starting from 32 seconds!


BBC News 24 Promo - 2002

To fill in breaks, aside from other channel promos and countdowns, adverts like this were used. Basically, snippets of the days headlines were used, with the slogan 'Because the news never ends' added. They could often be repeated twice in one junction, which was possibly a little overkill.


BBC News 24 - Breakfast - 2002

The titles for the Breakfast programmes on News 24. For many years, the Breakfast programme has been simulcast with BBC One.


BBC News 24 Countdown 2003

The January 2003, several new countdown sequences were introduced on News 24. It had the same music, however the visuals now featured that thing that branding people love so much - people! Lots of shots of people, possibly filmed by somebody who just realised how to use time-lapse cameras! This version starts at 35 seconds.


BBC News 24 Countdown 2003 (16:9)

A different version of the countdown, this time starting at 20 seconds, and shown here in Widescreen.


BBC News 24 - Iraq War Titles 2003

For the war in Iraq in March/April 2003, this set of special titles was introduced to News 24.


BBC News 24 (9/12/2003 - April 2008)


BBC News 24 Opening - December 2003

After several weeks in a virtual studio (and one pushed back launchdate), BBC News 24 finally unveiled a brand new set and graphics package on the 8th December 2003. This file features the end of one of the new countdowns, building upon the existing style, a run down of the headlines, then into the new opening titles. Whatever the current top headline is, its animated into the opening sequence. In this case, it's the Rugby World Cup celebrations.


BBC News 24 Countdown - December 2003

Another variant of the new countdown sequence, this time starting at 20 seconds.


BBC News 24 Countdown - 2005

2005 dawns, and whilst the title sequence remains unchanged, a new set of countdown sequences are unveiled. Various images from the BBC around the globe are seen whilst red bands fly around, all set to another remix of the music. This clip cuts in at 47 seconds.


BBC News 24 Countdown - 2005

A second variant of the sequence, cutting in at 28 seconds this time.


BBC News 24 Countdown - 2005

And a third variant on the same theme, cutting in at only 19 seconds this time.


BBC News Channel (April 2008 - March 2013)


BBC News Channel (Countdown) - 2009

In April 2008, BBC News 24 was renamed. Generally referred to onscreen as just 'BBC News' from this point, although verbally the term 'BBC News Channel' has often popped up to distinguish which part of BBC News is being referred to. The channel countdown sequences continued in a similar style, albeit now branded up as 'BBC News'. Somewhat annoyingly, the music was also initially offset by a few seconds so that it could sync up with the end of an animated BBC News logo, resulting in a countdown starting at 57 seconds, the 10 second part of the music coming in at 7 seconds, and the whole sequence not actually ending at 0. Thankfully this decision would eventually be reversed!


BBC News Channel (Countdown) - 2009

A second variation of the BBC News Channel countdown from 2009, this time coming in at 40 seconds. Finishing once again with a shot of Television Centre at night.


BBC News Channel (Intro) - 2009

The headlines and titles from the BBC News Channel in 2009, presented by Tim Willcox. Headlines include a terror raid in the North West, reporting on the G20 protest death, and the crew of a vessel retaking control from Somalian Pirates.


BBC News Channel (New Broadcasting House Move) - 18/3/2013


BBC News Channel (Last TVC) - 2013

On 18/3/2013, the BBC moved broadcasting of the News Channel, and BBC One bulletins from Television Centre, to their New Broadcasting House studios (by now only referred to officially as 'Broadcasting House'). The last broadcast from Television Centre was for the 12pm-1pm news hour. In the final ten minutes, presenters Simon McCoy and Sophie Long lead into a pre-recorded interview with Esther Rantzen from the reception area of TVC as they reminisce over times in the building.


BBC News Channel (TVC Close) - 2013

After a short interlude for the last weather report from Television Centre (which can be found on the BBC Weather page), Simon and Sophie return to close off the final hour from TVC. The lights dim down on the old studio, before cutting to an exterior shot of Television Centre with a rarely seen copyright caption.


BBC News Channel (First NBH News at 1) - 2013

The first news to come from New Broadcasting House at 1pm on 18/3/2013 was the News at 1, simulcast between both BBC One and the BBC News Channel. Sophie Raworth presents.


BBC News Channel (Move Report) - 2013

From the 1 O'Clock bulletin, Sophie leads into a pre-prepared piece on news with Nick Higham, before joining him live in the Newsroom behind her as he takes a look around. Nick would be doing this walk many times over the course of the day!


BBC News Channel (First NBH) - 2013

At 1.30pm, Jane Hill and Matthew Amroliwala take over the reigns for the first regular news channel bulletin to come from New Broadcasting House.


BBC News Channel (Move Report - Business) - 2013

Jane and Matthew link into another report from Nick Higham, this time with him grabbing Rory Cellan-Jones on his lunch to talk to him about what he's working on, and of course his thoughts on the new complex. Before continuing to give a tour of some of the other areas in NBH.


BBC News Channel (Move Report - Weather) - 2013

Nick Higham drops in on the Weather Centre, meeting up with John Hammond to discuss how things are changing with the move to New Broadcasting House from a weather presentation point of view. Although you can change the technology and the studios all you like, but you cannot change the British weather itself.


BBC News Channel (Move Report - Newsroom) - 2013

Nick Higham takes another look around the newsroom, this time catching up with Mary Hockaday, the then head of the newsroom. With a somewhat prophetic remark at the end from Jane Hill about how much longer they would have two chairs for the presenters in the news studio too...


BBC News Channel (Move Report - Andy Griffee) - 2013

Huw Edwards introduces another report on the move from Nick Higham. After a repeat of the earlier pre-prepared piece on how news has changed over the years, Nick then interviews Andy Griffee, the project director for the W1 move.


BBC News Channel (March 2013 Onwards)


BBC News Channel (Countdown - First NBH) - 2013

In March 2013 the countdown was revised for the move of the BBC News operations from Television Centre to New Broadcasting House in London. The general style of showing 'the news being made' with red lines flying through has been retained, albeit now with lots of smaller white lines spurring off to show their additional mobile reach now. As well as updated footage being used throughout, the finishing shots now focus on the new building at NBH. Additionally music timing has been restored back to the original 'finishes on zero'. This is a long playout of the channel countdown, used to fill the junction between the last TVC report and the first NBH report at 1pm on 18/3/2013.


BBC News Channel (Countdown) - 2013

A second countdown sequence for the BBC News Channel from 2013.


BBC News Channel (Countdown) - 2013

Another countdown for the BBC News Channel, and it's starting to get a little later in the day around New Broadcasting House.


BBC News Channel (Titles) - 2013

The headline and title sequence from the top of the hour on the BBC News Channel. Headlines for this day, from the first day at New Broadcasting House, include a deal being put together over press regulation, bailouts in Cyprus and a look back at ten years since the Iraq War.


BBC News Channel (Coming Up) - 2013

A brief look at what's still coming up on the News Channel, shown on the half hour.


BBC News Channel (Sportsday) - 2013

To fill the regional slot on the News Channel simulcasts of the main BBC One bulletins, an extended version of their sports news coverage is presented from studios up in Salford, with branding more closely aligned to BBC Sport than BBC News. The opening titles to Sportsday from 2013.


BBC News Channel (Countdown) - 2017

Although the location shots with the lines flying through them don't change very often, the inbetween news shots are frequently swapped out or reordered over time to keep them current. The countdown sequence from 2017 here still following the same style, and finishing on New Broadcasting House this time as it's getting darker in the day.


BBC News Channel (Countdown + Breakfast) - 2017

A day like any other - counting down to the start of the broadcast day on the 20th anniversary of the launch of the news channel on 11/9/2017. Then it's into BBC Breakfast.


BBC News (Countdown - Royal Wedding) - 2018

An updated BBC News countdown to mark The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018. Aired here into the 4pm top of the hour on 17th May.


BBC News Channel (20th Anniversary) - 9/11/2017


BBC News Channel (Birthday Launch) - 1997/2017

At 5.30pm, marking exactly 20 years since the launch of BBC News 24, the BBC News Channel revisits the original launch footage complete with countdown and flags from the very first branding package. Before leading into a retouched studio for the occasion.


BBC News Channel (Birthday Countdown) - 1999/2017

Marking 20 years since the launch of the original BBC News 24 this time with the red countdown from 1999. Or rather a mocked up HD recreation of it which had first appeared on TV Forum a few years earlier, and which the BBC decided to put out on broadcast as part of their celebrations.


BBC News Channel (Birthday Countdown) - 2003/2017

To celebrate 20 years of BBC News 24/BBC News Channel on November 9th 2017, a series of old countdowns from the channel were used into various junctions. Here the 2003 version makes a return, albeit complete with some slight zooming.


BBC News Channel (Birthday Countdown) - 1997/2017

Filling up the top of the hour with one more way of marking their 20th anniversary. A montage of classic program titles plays before going into the original 1997 flags presentation once more.


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