The Newsroom

Best and Worst Regional Titles and Themes

Pre Corporate Era

JO
Jon Recently warned Central (West) Midlands Today
Leeds taking heavy influence from the Six O’ Clock with that inset there. I wonder if they varied that element across the day to echo the network bulletins?
NT
NorthTonight North Reporting Scotland
Some 70s / 80s Reporting Scotland themes.. including music from Donna Summer and ELP. Perhaps the worst is at about 50 seconds which is when they brought back RS after “ Scotland Sixty Minutes “ The ELP version was one of my favourites although they’ve cut out the film scenes that used to be in the titles ( oil platforms etc )


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p062qls3

I also think any of Grampian’s Summer at Six / North Tonight Summer Edition could qualify for worst theme and or titles.
NL
Ne1L C Recently warned Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
For me its this Calendar intro from 1989. Authoritative and ballsy:
https://www.tvark.org/?page=media&mediaid=93199

Loved those titles you knew it was time to watch the local news with the excellent and forever missed Richard Whiteley.


I wonder if many viewers outside Yorkshire were surprised to learn that Whitleley wasn't just a quiz show presenter but also a serious journalist?
CH
chaose London London

I have always been a big fan of the very first London Tonight theme.
AN
Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
For me its this Calendar intro from 1989. Authoritative and ballsy:
https://www.tvark.org/?page=media&mediaid=93199

Loved those titles you knew it was time to watch the local news with the excellent and forever missed Richard Whiteley.


I wonder if many viewers outside Yorkshire were surprised to learn that Whitleley wasn't just a quiz show presenter but also a serious journalist?

You could say similar about Stuart Hall (as mentioned above), Fred Dineage and Gordon Burns?
NL
Ne1L C Recently warned Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Oh absolutely. Although I don't think many would think of the former at all now.
DE
derek500 West Country (West) Points West
For me its this Calendar intro from 1989. Authoritative and ballsy:
https://www.tvark.org/?page=media&mediaid=93199

Loved those titles you knew it was time to watch the local news with the excellent and forever missed Richard Whiteley.


I wonder if many viewers outside Yorkshire were surprised to learn that Whitleley wasn't just a quiz show presenter but also a serious journalist?


He first came to national fame with the ferret biting clip from Calendar shown on It'll Be Alright On The Night.
NL
Ne1L C Recently warned Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Loved those titles you knew it was time to watch the local news with the excellent and forever missed Richard Whiteley.


I wonder if many viewers outside Yorkshire were surprised to learn that Whitleley wasn't just a quiz show presenter but also a serious journalist?


He first came to national fame with the ferret biting clip from Calendar shown on It'll Be Alright On The Night.



That's partially my point. "It'll Be..." wasn't a regular programme whereas Countdown was and still is. The chances are that 95% of viewers would have first and foremost thought of him as a quiz show presenter. Its the context that's the key here
NT
Night Thoughts London London
The silly LDN wordmark aside, the first BBC London News titles (both day/night variants here) were punchy and didn't outstay their welcome. Worked well in the balloon era too.

DJ
DJ Dave Granada North West Today
Demented set.

"...and breakfast is served between 6 and 10. Would you like a hand with your bags, sir?"
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It does look like that Very Happy there is a clip of Tony Morris saying to Lucy something like "did you guys really think the viewers believe that when you typed into the keyboard the reporter would come up on screen?" and she just laughs and says "well it wasn't my idea" Laughing
AN
all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The silly LDN wordmark aside, the first BBC London News titles (both day/night variants here) were punchy and didn't outstay their welcome. Worked well in the balloon era too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH4-o4ADxCs

Mad that the first bit of that, with a bit of corridor for a set, looks way better than anything that follows.
fanoftv and Night Thoughts gave kudos
SW
Steve Williams
I always understood that parts of North Wales were classed as being in the Granada region, though, or at least an overlap area. I don't see it as a problem as there has historically been quite a strong connection between North Wales and places like Chester, Wirral and Liverpool. I certainly recall news stories from places like Rhyl and other parts of North Wales being featured quite prominently in Granada Reports over the years. They will certainly have covered the Prescott punch in Granada Reports that day, so that probably explains why it featured in the titles.


That's true enough, we watched Granada in North Wales and it could have been picked up right up the coast - especially before 1997 when the Wrexham-Rhos transmitter only broadcast BBC1 Wales and S4C - but I think Rhyl would have been at the absolute limit of their coverage area, and you would think that there'd been enough happening in actual official Granadaland to get in the titles.

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