^^^ How good was that ''return from break sting''? A slow zoom into the globe and the music taking you back in a hypnotic way. Just perfect.
Also, even though every hour was pretty much the same, at the beginning TWT had its unique headline bed and opening music, with the distinctive sound that was like an alarm clock. It was a sign of early mornings for me.
Rest of the day, from 09.00 CET used the main, the faster, more explosive opening theme.
Later on, of course, the TWT music and sound was used for all day long. Not sure why they did that though.
Even though now we can see from behind the scenes photos how small the studio and newsroom were, back than, on screen, it really looked grand. I remember seeing BBC World set for the first time during 9/11 coverage, it was such a shock after all the traditional CNN and US sets I was watching and Sky News as well. BBC World's set looked so different - futuristic and modern, with a touch of tradition in that wooden desk. Like a space ship, with that plasma screen hanging on the side.
I don't know if you recall but they actually switched the break stings around at one point. Initially, from April 2000 until April 2002, the into break sting featured the globe zooming in, whilst the from break sting went the opposite way. When they refreshed the music in April 2002, they decided to reverse them, so what you see as the from break sting in that video originally started out as the into break animation! No idea why they changed them.
This last page or two is making me seriously nostalgic. I honestly loved that red & cream look the BBC had in the early Noughties and they got rid of it far too quickly. It only lasted 3 or 4 years and should have lasted far longer.
The presentation still stands up well today - the music, presentation and all round look all gives off a sense of gravitas and the presenters back then were all hard as nails but also had a real warmth too and their own little presentational quirks. To me that BBC World period in the early Noughties is still the gold standard and really what news channels these days should be looking to match. A high-quality news service where you knew whenever you tuned in you'd get a comprehensive newscast presented by a high calibre journalist. Back in that era of World, when the news started back you sat up and took notice.
You're not wrong, the red and cream era was cut far too short. Having been introduced in May 1999 and taking until October 2000 to roll out across all BBC News outlets, it then only lasted until December 2003. It could and should have carried on far longer. The orange and black look that replaced it with those red and white plasticky sets was a tremendous step backwards.
Personally speaking, BBC News has never looked and sounded as good as it did between 1999 and 2003. I'm glad I lived through it. I'll never forget the first time I saw BBC World on a holiday to Rome in 2000. I was absolutely mesmerised by the whole channel. I had been actively interested in BBC News presentation from an early age and had absolutely adored the "virtual era" of BBC1 news bulletins - but World was like nothing I had seen before. I had occasionally seen snippets of the "flags era" because certain airlines (British Airways, maybe?) had shown a bulletin of BBC World News on the in-flight entertainment system. But that visit to Rome was the first time I had ever seen the channel in all its glory. And guess what, as soon as I got home, I found TV Home (the forerunner website to TV Forum) because I took to the Internet to try and find out more about the channel. And the rest is history. So, thanks BBC World
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