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.

15 Responses to “Live from behind the clockface of Big Ben.”


  • thankyou very very much john:)..this has made my day
    i was able to watch some of the beginning of the bulletin on you tube, but due to the crapness of my internet and computer…i didn’t watch the whole thing..plus i wanted to see it in better quality..that’s where you have come in…

    it’s interesting..itv News interests me as a whole as they are so amazingly sensationalist in their news broadcasts…that it completely blows me away…it’s sometimes hard to pick their demographic..is it for younger viewers..older viewers…or viewers from out of space….but with news at ten it still looks kinda modern and it looks like they’ve scrubbed up a bit..and toned down a bit too..which works…but im not sure about pairing trevor up with someone…just like with Mal Walden in australia..im not sure how well it can work…but quietly..i hope it does hehe

    and i know im blabbing but still ill keep going :$..

    i like the idea of a news at ten o’clock and the fact that in britain that’s their main and most watched bulletin…i don’t like the six o’clock stuff here in australia…nor ten’s five o’clock news…it’s too early…people are working more…and they’re not home to watch a bulletin at six…and if they are and they work..they’ve probably just gotten home…i reckon a news at like eight o’clock would be ideal for some of us…but i suppose we can’t please everyone…too bad ey..

    but i think if i was in britain…id be happy watching either news at ten OR bbc news 10 o’clock..hrmm

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  • Just a quick note, the ITN referred to on the endcap refers to Independent Television News, who have produced news bulletins for ITV (and many other television networks) over the years.

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  • Hmmm…I find the opening and music hard to take seriosuly. But I feel it is very much in character with British news services. I did enjoy the clock chime and I like the News At Ten logo. The set is cool in a Bond sort of way but again I don’t think it would be accepted if Nine or Seven were to try it.

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  • The second video, the one with the headlines, is very BBC News-esque. It has the exact same moving line thing above the text. See what I mean.

    Other than that, I like the new direction they’ve taken. But they could do with dropping the needless obsession with global warming.

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  • BBC News ended up beating this bulletin BTW by a few hundred thousand, and then by about a million last Tuesday so ITV have really got to pull their socks up if they want to gain viewers’ respect again.
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    The Big Ben in the opening sequence looks awful. Considering this was such a major rebrand, they should have got a company with far greater CGI experience than which ever one they ended up using; that just looks like a really good mock!

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  • As we zoom down the River Thames, they appear to have missed off HMS Belfast – a huge warship just past Tower Bridge that’s been a floating museum for the last 35 years http://tinyurl.com/3ylxn3

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  • hrmm
    “The Big Ben in the opening sequence looks awful. Considering this was such a major rebrand, they should have got a company with far greater CGI experience than which ever one they ended up using; that just looks like a really good mock!”

    I partly agree, but this ‘News At Ten’ relaunch was really some sort of a re-RElaunch in some respects..they are trying to regain their news department’s respectability by returning to the kind of style of news itv delivered in ‘News At Ten’s’ hay days…it was serious, authorotive and well…a bit late 90s rather than 2008-ish…unlike the BBC, itv have tried to move forward but have instead been forced to move a step backwards with this bulletin as they have in recent years seemed WAY too focused on graphics…so this is definately interesting to see how they are trying to respond to the BBC’s current dominance

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  • Nick the music is actually the original News At Ten music from time immemorial– well at least since the 1960s. In the late 80s and 90s it underwent a series of rearrangements and permutations but I was thrilled to hear they’ve gone back to the original arrangement here. The clock chime device is also a throwback to the 60s and 70s versions of the report.

    I, too, love that logo.

    To piggyback on Mark’s note, ITN has been the news contractor for ITV since its inception, and for Channel 4 since _its_ inception. And yes, they have produced material for other networks, including our PBS here in America, as well.

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  • The music, and title sequence is pretty much identical to the 80′s version:

    http://hub.tv-ark.org.uk/dsplus/m.php?p=itn_newsat10_1988.rm

    I remember it being amazing CGI back then. The current version looks pretty damn good too.

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  • The News at Ten (ITV 1) has consistently been behind the BBC all week, in some cases BBC got over a million more viewers – but more News programmes at 10pm is a good thing with overall audiences for news rising. ITV 1 is still a mess in my opinion…

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  • Lolz….I remember Newsnight When I see their new set :)

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  • the music was very very impactating (I got the same feeling I got when I first heard the bbc news, australia abc news, italy’s TG4 themes but slry, the set looks like the old bbc news 80′s set…computer generated sets are horrible.

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  • Hey John,

    If they are sitting behind the clockface of Big Ben as you said in your original commentary, wouldn’t the XI be to the right of Julie Etchingham (reveresed)?

    As it is, it looks like they are hovering in front of the clockface and its a long drop down!

    D :-)

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  • Trevor McDonald = A MAN!

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