They should be taken off air without delay - as they are sending out completely the wrong message to everyone.
Even the thickest viewer will realise that they were recorded before the Coronavirus outbreak, and nobody will take them as a message to go and stand really close to other people.
Please folks, let's get a sense of reality and perspective.
They have a ready to use set of Circle or Balloon idents that can be easily implemented. I understand that no-one in their right mind would view a BBC1 Mountain Rescue ident and think - right, I'm going to stand in close proximity to people in the street. However, now that leisure centres/gyms etc have been instructed to close, idents such as Ten Pin Bowlers and Wheelchair Rugby Players at a leisure centre, seem to be in completely poor taste and sending out the wrong message, both in terms of social distancing and locations where to gather.
As BBC1 is the national channel, it should portray the right image for the nation. It doesn't seem right that presenters are sitting far apart and Skype/long microphones being used for interviews (a bit extreme to say the least) if the programmes in question are preceded by these current Oneness idents.
The thing is, are the Circles/Balloons really ready to use, and on the appropriate servers, sent out to all the regions? Is the music still licenced for use? I honestly don’t know myself, but I suspect changing an entire ident package, even for a previously used one isn’t a trivial matter, particularly when many staff are likely to be working from home.
I really don’t think the vast majority of viewers will give the matter a second thought, and I’d suggest anyone considering the sight of a leisure centre on TV being in ‘poor taste’ might just be a little over sensitive.
The BBC isn’t about to axe any previously recorded soaps, dramas, comedies or documentaries showing people less than two metres away from each other, as people understand that they were recorded before last week. I don’t see why channel idents should be any more of a problem.