Independent Television News

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
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Compiled by
Camenati

Captures by
Camenati

Editions by
Michael Kenchington

Video captures courtesy of
studio2television, Broken Saw

Background

Independent Television News is a news company in Britain, founded in 1955. It is the news subsidiary of ITV.



1st Logo (1969-1988)

Logo: It mainly involves the 1969 logo against a blue background.

Variant: On Granada Television International co-productions, the logo, with its full name underneath, is shown within a dark teal box with a double gold border.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Ultra rare. It is unknown where the standard logo can be found. The Granada co-production variant was spotted on Battle of the Falklands and From D-Day to Europe Victory. Videoespaña's VHS release of the latter kept this logo on said film.

2nd Logo (Late 1980s-1992)

Logo: On a dark blue background, we see a big 3D "ITN" floating atop a body of rippling water containing its reflection.

Technique: Decent early 90s CGI.

Music/Sounds: A calm, cool xylophone ditty with an ethereal sounder in the background. Sometimes, it can be silent.

Availability: Extremely rare.

3rd Logo (1988-November 8, 1992)

Logo: Against a custom background is the 1987 version of the previous logo filled blue with a gold outline. It is also 3D and has the text "AN INDEPENDENT TELEVISION NEWS PRODUCTION FOR" and the 1989 ITV logo underneath.

Variants:

  • There exist several animated sequences of this logo. Sometimes, the ITN logo may appear within the end credits before animating afterwards:
    • One variant has it laying down before rising up after the end credits finish rolling.
    • Another one has the logo in a shiny texture next to the gold numbers "540". The ITN logo zooms in and rests on the top center. After that, the background crossfades to a gradient gray background.
  • In it's first year of use until September 1989, there is no text underneath the logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct.

  • It was seen on news programmes, most namingly ITN-produced news bulletins such as ITN News, ITN News at 5:30, ITN Morning News among others.

4th Logo (November 9, 1992-1995)

Logo: On a dimly lit gray grided background is the previous logo with a transparent outline, gray lateral faces, and a blue fill. Underneath it is the company name in an Impact-like font and the same color as the logo's fill.

Variants:

  • On all ITV news programmes, the words "AN ITN PRODUCTION FOR ITV" with the 1989 ITV logo appears at the bottom of the screen.
  • On A Tax Too Far, the logo is inside a box cropped to where the logo takes up most of it.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct.

  • Like before, this was seen on ITV news programmes such as ITN News at Ten and a few documentaries including A Tax Too Far.
  • It does not appear on Channel 4 News at the time, since an in-credit notice appears instead.

5th Logo (1995-January 16, 2006; January 15, 2015)

Logo: On a blue background sits a white outlined version of the 1969 logo. Underneath it reads "An ITN production".

Variants:

  • In some cases, other co-producers' logos may appear within ITN's (i.e. ITV (and with the 1989 ITV logo until October 4, 1998)).
  • From October 1997 to 1998, specifically on ITV-produced programmes, the ITV URL also appears at the bottom right of the screen saying "www.itv.co.uk".
  • On Channel 4 News, the text underneath changes into "An ITN Production for Channel 4".
    • From 2003 the words "An and "Production" appears on the left and bottom right with the 1999-2004 Channel 4 logo on the right side.
    • Another variant has the 2005-2015 Channel 4 logo appearing with the ITN logo with no text appearing below the ITN logo.
  • On some documentaries, the logo is aligned to the left whereas the right is black, belonging to the 1999 Channel 4 logo.
  • On ITN World News, the text underneath the ITN logo reads "An ITN Production for NBC Super Channel" with the copyright disclaimer for ITN appears below.
  • On "Channel 5 News", the text was changed into "An ITN Production for Channel 5" with the copyright disclaimer for ITN and the URL for the ITN website underneath.
    • 2002-2004 episodes has the logo on the right side and on a vertical blue bar.
  • Beginning on October 5, 1998, the text reads "An ITN production" and from March 1999 until late 2001, the URL for ITN is seen below.
  • For documentaries that were produced by it's factual division the text below reads "An ITN Factual Production".
  • For each Christmas on ITV News, the logo is themed around the holiday:
    • 1995: Santa Claus is walking past the logo, stopping in the bottom center to face the screen before continuing to stroll. He also leaves dark footsteps.
    • 1996: A mistletoe is placed on the top right of the logo.
    • 1997: It's snowing on the blue background before "Merry Christmas from" in a Brush Script font writes itself on the background before the logo appears (with "Merry Christmas from" glowing briefly as the logo appears). After that, the "An ITN production for ITV" (with "ITV" still being the 1989 ITV logo) text appears along with a Christmas tree and the URL for ITV appearing at the same time.
    • 2002: The logo is snowing and a different mistletoe is shown, this time being darker.
  • A 50th anniversary variant places a gold bar containing a white "50" next to the logo.
  • On The Meyssan Conspiracy, the logo, alongside its disclaimer and copyright notice, are within a blue box.
  • An Iraqi TV broadcast has a similar variant to the above one but without a copyright notice and the logo is now paired with the Out There News logo.
  • On The Search for the Northwest Passage, the logo is cropped where only the logo is shown.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • It can be seen on news bulletins produced for various networks including Channel 4 (Channel 4 News), Channel 5 (Channel 5 News), and ITV (ITV News).
  • This logo can also be found on many documentaries from this period in which only a few are known to have been preserved on home media or archival sites. For instance, this logo is intact on the VHS release of Diana, Princess of Wales: The People's Princess.
  • It can also be seen on Brits Go To Hollywood.
  • The 1995 ITN endcap with the 1989 ITV logo also made a surprise appearance on the October 28, 2002 edition of the ITV Morning News as well. Speaking of surprise appearances, it made a brief revival in 2015 on Channel 4 News.
  • The Christmas variants were only seen during Christmas Day on ITV News.

6th Logo (January 16, 2006-June 18, 2006)

Logo: The 1995 logo, with its bottom disclaimer intact, is now on a dodger blue background consisting of light rays on the top right half and a dark shade of blue on the bottom left.

Variant: The words "RTS News Programme of the Year" also appears below the bottom disclaimer which also exists.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct.

  • It was used for a short-time on programmes produced by ITN such as ITV News from January 16 until June 18, 2006.

7th Logo (June 19, 2006-2015)

Logo: On a white background, the outlined version of the standard logo rapidly flies out on either the bottom left or right sections of the screen. Above it is "AN ITN PRODUCTION" with four corner borders surrounding it with thin lines connecting them and facing the top left. Said object would flip in, albeit in a slightly slower pace as the ITN logo, and slowly zoom out.

Variants:

  • The slogan which reads "RIGHT CONTENT, RIGHT NOW" was used for a short time as well during June 2006.
  • Depending on the programme, the logo may be dodger blue, magenta, lime, dark red, or white.
  • Sometimes, the logo is vertically aligned. Here, the ITN logo is placed on top of the "AN ITN PRODUCTION" box.
    • On ‘’Channel 4 News’’, the logo is aligned to the left whereas 2005 Channel 4 logo is shown on the right.

Technique: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct.

  • This logo can mostly be found on news bulletins such as ITV News until January 13, 2013, Channel 4 News, and Channel 5 News.
  • In terms of documentaries, only one is known to have this logo: The Queen: A Life in Film.

8th Logo (2006-2015)

Logo: In a similar appearance as the previous logo, the 2006 logo is red and sitting next to "PRODUCTIONS" surrounded by four corner borders. Underneath it is the copyright notice.

Variants:

  • On several programmes, "PRODUCTION" is replaced with "FACTUAL".
    • On Building Britain's Ultimate Warship, the logo is inside a white box.
    • On The Data Theft Scandal, the logo has a shadow effect.
  • On Cruises Undercover: The Truth Below Deck, the logo is inside a rectangular white box.
  • On Iraqi Women, only the 1995 ITN logo is shown alongside its "ITN Factual" notice and the Out There News logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Rare.

  • Can be seen on documentaries produced by the company such as Climbing Great Buildings, Cruises Undercover: The Truth Below Deck, The Amy Winehouse Story, among others.
  • The Factual variant was seen on Building Britain's Ultimate Warship and the Dispatches documentary "The Data Theft Scandal".

9th Logo (2015-February 13, 2021)

Logo: On a black background, multple white and upside down right triangles (resembling stylized shards) slide in. Some of them vary in size while others intersect, forming rhombuses, trapezoids, among others polygons. Shortly before the end of this sequence, the company logo with "productions" in a normal font and a right triangle acting as a period fade in. Following this is their byline "create something amazing. today." fading in, the latter word of it is delayed in animation.

Variants:

  • A still version exists.
  • Sometimes, the shards are colored hot pink.
  • An alternate variant places more shards and the logo as well as its byline are shown in between them.

Technique: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • Can be seen on Interview With a Murderer, Big Ben: Saving The World's Most Famous Clock (for the standalone logo), ITV Car Crash Global: Caught on Camera, among others.
  • The alternate variant can be found on The Crazy World of Donald Trump and the Dispatches documentary "The Great Housing Scandal".
  • The hot pink variant can be seen on Frankie Goes to Russia and Inside the Supermarket.
  • It made its last appearance on Princess Margaret: Queen of Mustique.

10th Logo (2015-November 29, 2022)

Logo: This is just the standard 2006 ITN logo with a dodger blue outline against a white background.

Variants:

  • On Channel 5 News, the logo is white.
  • Starting in 2019 on Channel 4 News, the logo is above a thin black bar.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Current.

  • Appears on Channel 4 News programmes from the channel's rebranding in September 2015 until November 29, 2022.

11th Logo (2020-November 29, 2022)

Logo: Same as the 9th logo but here, the many triangles next to the logo, as well as its byline, are removed, leaving just the company name and the right triangle at the end.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct.

  • It made one of its first appearances on Grace of Monaco: Hollywood Princess and was later seen on Secrets of the Krays, Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin, Dirty Rotten Scammers, and more factual programmes.

12th Logo (November 30, 2022-)

Logo: TBA.

Variant:

  • On Channel 4 News, it's the same concept as the 2019 version of the 10th logo's variant, but with an inverted background and with the current ITN logo.
  • On Harry: The Interview, the logo appears with the words "ITN Productions for" and the 2013 ITV logo below.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Current.

  • It can be seen on factual programmes.
  • It can also be seen on Channel 4 News since November 30, 2022.
  • It also appeared on Harry: The Interview as well.
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