Monthly Archive for January, 2008

New look ABC from February 8th (with lissajous).

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This morning The Australian was reporting (on page one no less) that the ABC was set to drop the famous lissajous symbol from its on air broadcasts in favour of a new logo. It didn’t take long for the ABC to deny the reports however and assure us all that the new look will include the famous logo.

ABC’s midday and evening news’ covered the story, giving kudos to the blog that leaked it, and clarifying the ABC’s position on the rebrand, which will officially take place on February 8th. They also spoke to ‘media expert’ Harold Mitchell about the impending changes (second video).

Listen to what the director of ABC TV Kim Dalton has to say about the rebrand in the audio below from ABC Radio Melbourne from earlier this morning.

Getting ready to Gottaloveit.

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Channel Seven’s song and dance (literally) about their upcoming programming.

New beginnings for the ABC in 2008.

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I’m pretty excited by all things ABC, and the national broadcaster has been giving us plenty to stew over lately. When they’re not broadcasting confusing promos for ABC2, they’re busy dropping hints about changes to come and leaking blurry photos of new logos on the net. So in the unlikely event we needed anymore proof that a new change was indeed coming, they’ve delivered this new promo bizarrely incorporating what I can only assume is the Pan Slavic Flag with the promise of “New Beginnings”.

The song is ‘Brand New Day’ by the cellist for the Foo Fighters Jessy Greene.

Don’t fight it, if you don’t know what it is.


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It’s Australia Day today, which means its time to count down the 100 best songs of last year with Triple J. The hottest 100 is one of the largest song polls in the world, and while last year the amazing ‘One Crowded Hour’ took out the top spot, this year perhaps my favourite song of 2007 came in at number ten.

The song is ‘Don’t Fight It’ by Perth band The Panics, you might just like it too.

The network graphics of Ten HD… montage style.

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The good folks at Motion Foundry have been nice enough to cobble together the whole “look” of Ten HD into 30 seconds of video for us. I still can’t receive Ten HD were I live, so I guess this is the closest I’ll get to watching it for now.

While I certainly have my problems with Ten in general (for example, I don’t watch it) the on-air graphics for Ten HD are quite appealing, and if they ever got around to playing current episodes of The Office I’d probably sit down and watch.

For more from Ten HD check out the intro and ident videos as well.

- Thanks to Alex for the video, and Jane Eakin who commissioned the design.

What is the 2 in you, and how do I bring it out?

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I’m not too sure what these promos running on ABC2 are all about, but I can only hope they’ve something to do with a refresh for the network, along with the anticipated rebranding of the original ABC channel to formally become “ABC1″.

This art installation brought to you by Channel 4.

The concept behind Channel 4′s iconic idents have lept from behind your television screen and into the real world…

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Live from behind the clockface of Big Ben.

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ITV’s flagship news program News at Ten was resurrected last week for the second time since its inception in 1967. The shows original run ended in 1999 before being brought back again from 2001 to 2004.

The latest incarnation is fronted by the newly unretired Trevor McDonald and Sky News’ Julie Etchingham, and takes place in the “Theatre of News“, which to an outsider is somewhat bizarrely meant to be behind the clockface of Big Ben, and seems more suited to the secret lair of a Bond villain then to a news broadcast.

These videos come from the first nights broadcast and show the opening and closing of the broadcast, along with an incredibly smooth live cross to Antarctica, which just looks stunning considering the distance and the fact its live.

- Kudos to Craig for the first night videos.

Why did Channel Nine cross the road?..

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…to get to the middle. And thus sums up my opinion of Channel Nine’s relaunch of their on-air look. One day a commercial network in Australia will do something interesting or a touch daring with their appearance, but today is not that day. The screenshot above is just one of the many generic images that litter this video.

To check out some genuinely innovative and creative idents have a look at S4/C from Wales, good od’ BBC One, the always entertaining Channel 4, or how about even MTV South America or Australia’s SBS back when they played idents.

Digitalism with Channel Four and Max Headroom.

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Like everything Channel 4 does, they’ve managed to make their digital switchover campaign that bit more creative then the rest of the bunch. Not only have they dug up bizarre eighties television icon Max Headroom, they’ve paired him with Ewen Macintosh from The Office.

Max Headroom made his television debut in 1985, the same year I was born, so the reference is going a little over my head. The BBC however refers to Headroom as the “original digital TV star” which makes him and his claim that “the future is here” a highly original and wry choice for Channel 4′s campaign.