I have contacted UTV through a friend I know works there, I knew it would be useless going to the ITV Duty Office and UTV does not have a general email, so thankfully I know a friend who works there. They have passed it on.
Just wondered if anyone at UTV has bothered to reply to your query??
Maybe an email to our Julian might be whats needed to prompt some action??
Hi, I did get a reply, but it was the usual civil service speak. They told me the channel is happy with the ident package they currently have, and since these idents were only introduced in October 2016, they decided to hand pick a selected few and use them on UTV.
They may be happy with the ident package, and fair enough they have only been on air in NI for around 2.5 years so still got a bit more life in them before they become stale, and yes to an extent I'm happy with them....but why for the love of God do they have to play them out in the same order loop day in day out...that's the main annoyance for me. Why not just play them in a random order?....surely that's not too much hard work for leeds/London playout, few clicks of the mouse. 20 seconds...job done.
For anyone why may be interested, currently the loop is windy beach, lamb, bowling alley, florist, rubber ducks....then it's back to windy beach again and so on.
The exceptions are if it's news it's gymnasts feet, or if there is any kind of warning it's pigeons.
I have noted a few 'playout errors' recently whereby News at Ten had windy beach used on 2 different evenings...clearly a error by playout as even tho windy beach should have been next in the loop, as it was news, then Gymnastics should have 'overruled' the ident loop. And welders has been used for a 'warning' ident when it should have been pigeons...but apart from these minor cock ups it's been business as usual with groundhog day.
I noticed this current loop batch of idents started in April, so expecting them till end of June. Janurary to March was a different batch of 6 but still played in the same order each day without fail.
Before my head gets bitten off, I'm not complaining about the lack of variety of UTV idents, I'm just merely pointing out my observations as a daily viewer, i.e. the loop ident pattern, something you cannot accurately call out on BBC One for example. Thank you.
The key bit of the reply was when they said October 2019 is a very important date, as they celebrate 60 years of UTV, and viewers can expect something "special" in terms of presentation for that anniversary.
The return of Julian in vision in a dickie bow tie will be most welcome even if it's just for one night only! Roll on October!!
A BIG thank you to JKDerry for taking the time to contact UTV and to update us all!