I know that variations of this topic appear every so often, this of course being TV Forum; as it's been a while I thought I'd start a new thread, so that we can share our favourite news themes.
Anyway, being the anorak that I am, I'll start with some of mine:
RTL Nieuws, the Netherlands, 1998 and 2003 (1998 starts at 4:17, 2003 at 6:16)
The 2003 theme is probably my favourite of any news programme, anywhere (apart from the BBC) - I love the way the drums, beeps and horns all come together to create a theme that, IMO, really makes you sit up and pay attention.
Staying in the Netherlands, and next up is the 2005 theme to
the news on Dutch public TV. This and the 2003 RTL theme above were both composed by a guy named Stephen Emmer, whose father used to present NOS Journaal in the 70s and 80s.
Going south to Belgium, and we have the current theme to VTM Nieuws, introduced in 2013. My first impression on hearing this was that parts of the opening wouldn't sound out of place in a Hollywood film, but I think it suits the programme, which offers a slightly more populist agenda than public broadcaster VRT.
Closer to home, and you can't deny how iconic this theme has become:
Perfect for an apocalyptic rave
Though I have to say that this is my favourite version:
Last, but not least, in all its bombastic glory, here's the 9 O'Clock News from 1993:
Honourable mentions for the Sky News theme of 2005, still in use today (albeit heavily watered down), which I would have put up here also, but there isn't really a decent YouTube video of it.
EDIT: Also, I would like to draw your attention to the following two websites:
(features various themes from American news programmes)
(ditto, but from Dutch newscasts)
I must stress that I have nothing to do with either website, but they're definitely worth a look, IMO.
Last edited by Woodpecker on 25 February 2018 9:15pm
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