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declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Good Morning Britain - 2015 Refresh/Tweaks

They've really promoted Piers joining the team as Piers joining Susanna. No one is blind so naturally we can all see how GMB has gone GMTV and backtracked on its 4 presenter lead but who expected them to degrade their own package by promotion of only a pair. Surely, if they had any integrity they'd have suggested he was "joining the team for one week only".

Ah, at the end of the day, who cares clearly not be GMB management.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

The X Factor 2016

Gutted to see Dermott go, he held the show together throughout some of its really challenging times - not being specific to Louis' deadlock dilemmas. A very welcoming guy and he had the enthusiasm you want from a presenter of such a show.

Although when we speculated earlier this year I had the incline he would leave. I'd never heard him question his position before so I sensed he'd made his mind up already.

I believe he recommended Emma Willis and I really agreed with him. Right now, I don't think there is anyone like her, she's done an incredible job on Big Brother and is doing well on the Voice all the while presenting on Heart. I think she's got it, she's the sort of presenter I'd expect to take over the reins after Dermott so I'd really enjoy if she jumped ships from the Voice and came over to the X Factor. Also, timings wouldn't prevent her doing Big Brother which is another bonus.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Eastenders - live week

Personally I did quite like the titles EastEnders Revealed used to have which used shots of the square with the map logo placed within those shots. However for the main show it wouldn't be worth the backlash - though I am surprised they're yet to place Albert Square within the map so the titles begin there rather than at the Dome.

Emmerdale seems to be the only UK soap to get away with changing their theme up. Hollyoaks did change their theme completely for a couple of years before returning to a reworked version of the original theme which apart from one remix hasn't changed much at all in the 10 years since it debuted.


I wonder if they were to something like this:



Just tighten it up more.

What you can say is that with the other soaps when they make set or character changes it registers the opening credits out of date regularly whereas Eastenders is lucky as the layout of London isn't scheduled for a rebrand for a few years yet.

In all seriousness, I'd quite like to see the square incorporated like you said. I wonder if they could have Eastenders with the Thames outline (or something) place over the square?
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Eastenders - live week

Forgive me, if I'm going away on a tangent but I'd be interested to hear people's opinions. This sort of ties in with the themes

Would you support the decision to change the opening credits? Since birth we've had the river Thames shot but is anyone else a bit bored of it? I guess it is iconic for the show but does anyone agree they could really refresh it and still apply the same end shot?
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

ITV's Muting of Kanye West's BRIT awards performance

To be fair it was after the watershed and effectively that condones swear words therefore his performance shouldn't have been muted. What we have to remember is that the Brits feature artist and music videos famous for explicitly too so I can't really see anyone who is watching being all that offended by swear words.

That said if you were a fan of Kanye I can't imagine you'd have actually enjoyed the performance because it was interrupted so in that sense I sympathise with fans. Like mentioned, it would have made sense to either only show his performance to those in the O2 or record it for itv2.

Although I would actually give Kanye any airtime regardless, I think he a horrific artist but that's just personal preference.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Eastenders - live week

It seems the Julia's theme was used more in the past for an ending that didn't require a big "duff duff" moment, which I guess is nice. Naturally to bring viewers back the next day the show needs something at the end to grab them but I wonder if we'd all get sick of the alternative if it was used more often in the same way it was for Pat and Ian?
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

ITV Programming Thread

Delighted that Broadchurch has got another series.

Although I accept that this one hasn't been as good as the first I still faithfully tuned in each week to follow the case and discover the Sandbrook mystery. I agree that having the show go with another "whodunnit" for series 2 would have been boring. By developing the characters whilst allowing the Danny thing to continue another side of the show was seen. I think David Tennant or someone else said a few weeks back in an interview that series 2 isn't like another series rather a continuation of the first - I agree.

With series 3 I am hoping that now we've seen the past and concluded the story of the first series we now get that other "whodunnit" or something similar.

Broadchurch is a fantastically gripping drama that must do incredibly for ITV. Depending on how and when the third series is released I think will determine a fourth - but that's ages away.

Biggest joy going forth is that our 2 leads are staying with the show.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Eastenders - live week

I wonder if the "How's Adam?" blooper will be corrected or edited out for screenings on overseas channels, e.g. on UKTV in Australia when it will be shown in two weeks time. It seems too much of a major and embarrassing mistake to be left in.


I guess they would have recorded the practice run the night before so they could edit that in.


Although they could edit it out they might not. The producer already stated he understood that, although he wants it to go perfectly, the mistakes justify live TV.

In all honesty, the way the media has exaggerated this blooper is crazy. Naturally we know that Ian's real name is Adam but a casual viewer may not and plus how many times have you asked how someone was before correcting yourself after mixing them up with someone else. There was pause that Joyner could have slotted in "Ian, sorry confusing him with someone else" and laughed. I get that in the sort of circumstances you wouldn't forget your best friend's husband's name but things happen. My point is that the whole mistake has been blown out of proportion - especially when compared to Scott Malsden's 5 years back.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Channel 5 Idea

I like the video in which you exercise the DOG - looks like you did take a look at the ten mock like I suggested.

I like what you have, would it always be purple or would it be able to match the other colours too?

I don't mind the positioning in fact when you take into account that other mock and the way the logo was able to be integrated justifies positioning it where you have. Can we see some more stuff on this front?

As for the trailer, I'm not overly keen. The transition between the initial logo and the footage isn't very professional in my opinion. The spinning with the programme title works and the transition to the 5 is fine but I'd like to see something else. It reminds me of the current stuff we have and albeit it is good, you've got a new logo and I can't help but feel the coloured sections could play a more important part - not sure how. Your rebrand, in my opinion, should put a whole new perspective on each individual aspect of the channel. Also, although I had the idea of the circle spinning I think it gets boring when you use it for both the promos and in-programming advertising - try a few different things to add depth to it.

Really great start and a promising continuation. Really enjoying this mock, as I once attempted to do a rebrand (or a few) for the channel because I too want to see it given new life.
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declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Good Morning Britain - 2015 Refresh/Tweaks

It was good to see that Sean making an appearance in a higher position, maybe he could be making his way up the scale through the week where we could see him as main presenter.


He has been the main presenter once so I'm not sure that they would trialling him as such. To be fair, nor does he need to move up through the ranks he is an experienced presenter and deserves to be treated like one. Since his initial appearance he has been reduced so much that there is going to come a point when he will just leave and go somewhere better.

As I've said in the past, they need to remember what made GMB different and what made it stand out from all of the other failed ITV Breakfast shows. Sadly, even in my bias love of the show, I can admit it's completely deminished and the refresh of January sealed that in my opinion.

If it's to be these 3 all week then I'd be gutted if he wasn't given the opportunity to present alongside one of the females at least once. Can I also ask if, since January, we've had 4 presenters and not just 2 and a newsreader?
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declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

STV Nightshift

If I am honest I'm not a fan of the orange. When you had said you were going to look into using orange I had imagined it replacing the blue slides in places.

I'm not entirely too sure where you should go with this. I'm all for supporting change, even if it isn't necessary, but for a programme like the nightshift there isn't a huge demand to have this brilliant on-screen graphics because, in the most basic or reasons, it doesn't matter.

I think the white was ok - better than the orange - what I would like to see is some examples of how this would animate on screen. Also, if the show was to "relaunch" how about incorporating Twitter? I don't know if I'm alone but I feel your more likely to have people get involved if you had the option of tweeting in.

Whatever you chose to do next with this mock, the best of luck.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Channel 5 Idea

Ok, this is finally starting to come together nicely. I like the small adjustment with the sections - making the bottom matching the 5.

When compared, your 5 does work best but I do agree with ASO maybe look back into drawing a 5 yourself especially now you have a solid outline. Failing, I'll contradict myself and advise you to keep the 5 you chose.

When I look at this I see great potential and I can't wait to see it develop.

I can't help but think that despite you probably having an idea about where you'll take this logo and use it across the channel I think you should look into a recent ten mock which can be found in the gallery. The vibrancy and feel of the logos are similar in my opinion and I think some of the ideas from that mock could be applied here - naturally not copying but take inspiration.

Like I've said I look forward to seeing the rest of the package. Good luck.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

STV Nightshift

Nice start, I really like the astons as they do remind me of the diamond styling but also is unique when compared to the news astons.

Have you got the font, or a similar one to, the actual STV one - makes it more inline?

The nightshift uses purple quite prominently why not use purple where you have gone blue? It would allow the show to stay inline with the STV rebrand whilst remaining its own identity.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Channel 5 Idea

The problem is most likely the green, the yellow and purple looks just about right, blue is too short too.


Yeah I thought so and in my opinion it makes sense to give them all an equal length if they've to represent a genre.

Thanks Jake - sarcasm is the greatest way forward.

Anyway, best of luck I'd really like to see some trailers, endboards, etc including this new logo. Maybe upload a few different "5"s though, I'm not 100% on the one used.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Channel 5 Idea

I really like the thicker design (the latest one) although I also like the idea you have with the designs being more embedded in the background as shown in your first post on this page.

I can't say for sure but you'll know, are all your colours given equal segments? I wouldn't love worry too much about have the colours in the correct order, I would have a standard logo that is used for branding like on buildings and would allow the on-screen graphics the flexibility to change the order - the wood group rebrand is what I am thinking of.
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

The Big Breakfast - MTV for Channel 5

I'm so confused by the scenario such as creating problems for yourself through the Weetabix news thing.

I don't think it should be Channel 4s Breakfast show instead a brand new one for five - five live?

Not really a fan of the set. The view isn't bad and could be integrated nicely, plus why is there patio doors and no balcony - is there not some health and safety issue there. Although I'm not big breakfast lover I think what made it different was the house and it lacks that here. Probably why I suggest creating something new.

Also not really a fan of the colours, not sure I agree purple is such a morning colour maybe try a blue?
declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Big Brother: Summer 2015

When she said on the show that she'd host her last episode I thought she was just exaggerating the end of this series.

Bit saddened by this because, as much as I like Rylan, Emma has been the spin-off host for so long now I'm just used to her editions. Will definitely miss her.

What do you think her reasoning is? During the summer series she isn't doing any other live work is she? A very suspicious me considers claims that Dermott O'Leary wasn't going to return to host X Factor and he had put Emma's name forward for taking over. Both shows are on at similar times (auditions when BB summer launches) would anyone else consider that Emma is going to take over X Factor and is cutting down her big brother related workload?
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declan512 posts since 13 Apr 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland

BBC "Main Channels" Rebrand Concept: 2006 Style

I agree with AxG having it flat would make a tiny bit of a difference, Also I don't know whether anyone else has the same idea but I (personally) think that the 'r' and 't' should be connected like the 't' and 's' Smile


I had thought about the joining up of the other letters too but it would take away the consistency in the logos and wouldn't that mean keeping the "t" and "s"?