BBC Television

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
tvlogos2008 and Edc4

Captures by
tvlogos2008 and Edc4

Editions by
Michael Kenchington


This alias is not used on regular idents. It is used for generic idents intended for when rolling news was simulcast on all BBC channels during emergencies.

1st Logo (31 August 1997)

Logo: The logo wipes in from a black screen. On a smoky blue background (which is constantly animated), we see the 1988 BBC logo. A large blue sphere (possibly the planet Earth) is visible, albeit blurred, in the background.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: None, except for a female announcer saying "This is BBC Television from London. Normal programming has been suspended, and we now join Martyn Lewis in the news studio".

Availability: Extinct.

  • This was only shown on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC World and BBC Prime on the day of Princess Diana's death.
  • However, it was probably created several years before (most likely either 1988 or 1991) for such emergencies.
  • Reportedly, an updated version of the ident was created several weeks later using the 1997 logo which was introduced at the time; ultimately, a modified version was used as the next logo below instead.

2nd Logo (2018-2019?, 9-10 April 2021)

Logo: On a dark blue background with black swirls, we see the 1997-2021 BBC logo fading in, initially in a dark shade before being lit into a gold colour.

Technique: Simple CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: None, except for an announcer.

Availability: It was briefly shown on Sky Q boxes in 2018 until 2019?, and made an appearance on BBC One on 9 April 2021 in order to lead into a programme about the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, who died on that day. It later appeared through the day and the following day to lead into more Prince Philip programmes, and was also featured on BBC Two, BBC Scotland, BBC Alba and BBC Parliament as well.

3rd Logo (10-19 September 2022)

BBC Royal Death ID 2022.jpg

Logo: On a moving background similar to the previous logo, we see the current BBC logo in gold on the top of the screen. Below is the text "HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II", with "REMEMBERED" below it. Underneath is the British royal arms in gold.

Technique: Computer animation.

Music/Sounds: Just an announcer.

Availability: First seen on 10 September 2022 during the coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's death and King Charles III's ascend to the throne on BBC One. It was last used on 19 September, the day of the Queen's funeral.

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