I'm disappointed they ditched the familiar tune that's been in place since 1999 for something generic and bland. A nice remix could have been done - but instead it's something that you'd expect to find on some BBC News Channel stand now.
Absolutely - in fact, the Reporting Scotland theme was, in my opinion, one of David Lowe's better creations in 1999. It was certainly my favourite of the regions/nations themes at the time.
I concurr. Always liked the blue too.
Not sure how I feel about ditching the pips entirely. It all feels rather fatigued and tired now; and the original map titles and 'to the point' headlines were always far superior to what has followed. At the same time though, it is pretty well known and associated with the BBC, so we should be wary about throwing it out entirely.
What does contribute to the fatigue is its overuse throughout the news operations. Even in the early years, it felt a bit much insisting that regional politics shows such as North Westminster have a narrow variant on the pips theme. Even Newsround didn't entirely escape it in the look immediately preceding the current one. Some people on here were saying "about time" but I was thinking "oh ffs".
This is why I think we should go back to the future and allow the regional news programmes to do their own thing again; within the boundaries of broad branding parameters. Same with Breakfast and things like BBC Parliament. Reporting Scotland could've been a trailblazer for this approach. Keep the pips for the network news and the news channel. A good back to basics refresh and shorter headlines like back in '99 combined with the narrower remit would give it a new leese of life, I'm sure.