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Interceptor613 posts since 20 Oct 2014
So that's it, the last bit of pres conforming to the Lambie-Nairn 1997 corporate guidelines has gone. To think that, for just a few short years, they succeeded in making a dozen-or-so channel brands (with and without the BBC legend) sit together so elegantly.

Compare and contrast to now. What a sadness.
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Robert Williams557 posts since 25 Jan 2003
London London
Confirmed. It's gone from TV. Now online only.


I take it then, that the BBC Bitesize website http://www.bbc.co.uk/education is effectively the replacement for schools television? (Although there are also still various clips on the Learning Zone website as well).

So no more traipsing to the television room to watch the likes of Zig Zag or Look and Read, while the teacher has a snooze for 20 minutes, as we did in my day? Watching short clips off the internet, is that what schools are doing instead these days?
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dvboy8,141 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
So, do we know for sure whether or not it has been binned off? Could it be that it'll only run during exam times? Seems odd that BBC's viewer relations would advise to keep checking listings? (Not that I know anybody who actually used it for revision.)

GCSE Bitesize began either the year before or the year I did my GCSEs so naturally I taped all of them and spent most of my study leave in front of the TV while my classmates poured over revision guides. I then handed the tapes down to my sister two years later.
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Interceptor613 posts since 20 Oct 2014
Confirmed. It's gone from TV. Now online only.


I take it then, that the BBC Bitesize website http://www.bbc.co.uk/education is effectively the replacement for schools television? (Although there are also still various clips on the Learning Zone website as well).

So no more traipsing to the television room to watch the likes of Zig Zag or Look and Read, while the teacher has a snooze for 20 minutes, as we did in my day? Watching short clips off the internet, is that what schools are doing instead these days?

Well not many schools were open during the Learning Zone broadcasts! Certainly even while I was at school science teachers would use queued up video tapes to show specific experiments rather than watching the entire programme.
buster1,483 posts since 15 Mar 2006
London London
And that long version of the Learning Zone ident - I'm sure that was dropped years and years ago, possibly around the 2004 relaunch when the hours changed, and I always assumed it was because those bits had aged badly. Interesting if it came out of retirement for that last airing...


The Learning Zone's "acorn dropping" ident/package was never dropped. It actually remained as the last bastion of the 1997 package long after everything else had been rebranded at least twice.


I know...I was talking about the long version complete with clapperboard and Netscape browser window, which unless someone can find a clip that suggests otherwise I suspect was dropped as long ago as 2004, when the coloured menus you mention were introduce, and was brought back (perhaps) due to the last ever airing.
benriggers694 posts since 19 Sep 2005
Meridian (South) Oxford
And that long version of the Learning Zone ident - I'm sure that was dropped years and years ago, possibly around the 2004 relaunch when the hours changed, and I always assumed it was because those bits had aged badly. Interesting if it came out of retirement for that last airing...


The Learning Zone's "acorn dropping" ident/package was never dropped. It actually remained as the last bastion of the 1997 package long after everything else had been rebranded at least twice.


I know...I was talking about the long version complete with clapperboard and Netscape browser window, which unless someone can find a clip that suggests otherwise I suspect was dropped as long ago as 2004, when the coloured menus you mention were introduce, and was brought back (perhaps) due to the last ever airing.


They were still using the full ident in 2005 but after that it dissapered..
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benriggers694 posts since 19 Sep 2005
Meridian (South) Oxford
Having emailed the BBC again (prior to seeing the answer on Twitter), I got a response from them today. They said:

"We can confirm that we no longer have any ‘Learning Zone’ on BBC Two. This, we’re afraid, is due to budget cuts".
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