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BBC Parliament Rebrand/Reithed

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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
Flipped over to Parliament today and I don't know when it happened but it's now started looking like BBC News again. Went back through the iPlayer to get these and took some screenshots:

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No changes to the ident or the music, but the graphics have been adjusted.

Based on previous history this is how it will look for the next 3 years and it will be out of sync with BBC News's own look by the end of the year Wink
Last edited by Neil Jones on 22 February 2021 3:16pm - 2 times in total
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bilky asko
That's an improvement! What does the "S" under the Live bug signify? Subtitles?
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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
The S is almost certainly subtitles, as they used to carry an old school "Subtitles" tag top right (like you see on the idents) through most of the programming, but there is no actual requirement to subtitle any of BBC Parliament's output in the licence - the other BBC channels do (100%), but Parliament has 0% requirement.
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Alfie Mulcahy
The 'S' faded in a few seconds after a full 'subtitles' message had disappeared. This text had been on screen since the Northern Irish questions. Wonder why they changed it
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Ittr
Only took them almost 2 years... Wink
JO
Josh
584 days to be precise.
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DT
DTV
Actually suits the channel quite well - better than its predecessors. I know Reith is divisive on here, but it's a clear improvement on Helvetica.

If I had to make one change, I'd take out the black 'event' box and add it to the bottom of the screen so it read ' HOUSE OF COMMONS HOUSING QUESTIONS '. I'd also like to add a party ID tag, but I'm not sure where you'd put it.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
The previous look used to have a ticker (like the BBC News design it held onto for months on end), so I presume the white bar is where the ticker will go when they decide/need to use one, unless they decide to go the full hog and make it a flipper. Time will tell.
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BiggieSMLZ
Flipped over to Parliament today and I don't know when it happened but it's now started looking like BBC News again. Went back through the iPlayer to get these and took some screenshots:

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No changes to the ident or the music, but the graphics have been adjusted.

Based on previous history this is how it will look for the next 3 years and it will be out of sync with BBC News's own look by the end of the year Wink

Ah, never thought I’d see the day. At least it’s in line with BBC News now!
TVF
TV Forum Team
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RD
Roger Darthwell
You know my feeling on Reith but I have to say this, just yesterday I mentioned that the Reith rebrand was not yet completed, and then this happened today. Sometimes I feel that some of the folks at the Beeb are reading this forum Smile
FG
FraserGJ
I think this looks good, the only thing which looks a little strange is the [S] tag at the top - it looks more like a technical error than an indicator really. I would suggest tucking it under the programme tag in the bottom right (if small then it won't clash with a flipper/ticker really).

The only other change I'd make is the colour on the date in the bottom right - grey on white isn't very legible at a distance - maybe a darker grey?

Overall, very nice, much better than the old set which had looked quite aged of late...

I presume the switch happened this morning - I note there was 5 hours of a US Congress Committee scheduled this morning (ending at 1pm) which would have been perfect cover for any technical switch over required...
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