The final flags era on World had better music than the previous era, although the presentation moved away from Virtual Reality to being newsroom based. It's been mentioned on here several times, but the special editions of the flag music (sombre versions, as we all called them) were quite outstanding. In particular, the long intro and extro from The World Today (circa 98/99) which was used in the Balkans War massacre of Sarajevo was possibly one of the best ever news themes in existence.
In the period around 97 to 99, the overnight simulcast was a flag-branded generic BBC News, and I always got the impression that the overnights were presented from a small pres desk in a corridor at the top of the famous stairwell that often appears in the BBC News trails, and from where Zeinab Badawi is often seen standing for her WNT trail. The simulcasts back then only used one shot, no side shots or pans, and were typically a head on view of the presenter on duty, with an overlaid image of the blue and yellow sun flag. Typically, the presenter of those would be Jane Hill, Janet Barrie, George Ekyn and Peter Coe. Occasionally, Adrian Finighan too.
The branding and generally appearance of the overnights was somewhat out of tune with the rest of the World output at the time. It often felt like an Ikea invasion somehow.
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