Of course, they weren't just GMG hearts as UNM regions used the same.
I remember when it was announced that Carlton nabbed HTV (after the other UNM regions went to Granada) I was on the NotBBC TV Forum and many feared for its identity because it was assumed it would become Carlton Wales & West. Little did we know HTV had the best end of the deal as not only was the name retained but we gained Carlton's stunning idents and slick presentation. Meanwhile, the Granada regions had clunky bland presentation for several years.
It was quite jarring though going from the stunning Carlton animations to the spinning blue hearts. It was a shame they didn't cut to something nicer - indeed that purple version I mentioned earlier would have fitted quite well.
Yes, never understood why Border lost it's chopsticks when they could easily have been stuck in a box like the other GMG logos were.
I’m guessing Border management saw it as dated and not worth keeping
Better than just the name in italics in a non-discript font.
Spencer For Hire posted:
I think it was a classic case of design by committee - far too many parties involved, all with their own opinions. What we ended up with was a compromise, with all of the most distinctive and interesting elements of the concept removed, making it entirely unobjectionable but also bland and pedestrian.
Sadly though it wasn’t bland and pedestrian enough for GMG North. The washing line ident had to be removed quickly - far too quirky and interesting. But then the rest of the live action sequences also had a grain of personality remaining, so also had to be axed.
Yes, worth remembering Granada was pretty safe when it came to their own idents.
It's great that everybody gets sarcasm.