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parrferris107 posts since 14 Jun 2006
Westcountry Spotlight
Are news broadcasts on Radio 4 still completely music-free? I guess this lack of themes is part of their distinctive sound.

Indeed - PM had one, but it was dropped in 1997. (I think Eddie Mair may have snuck it out once or twice)

He not only snuck out the theme tune, completely unheralded, but also Valerie Singleton as co-presenter on the flimsy pretext that it was 29th February. I thought I'd dropped through a twenty-year time rift!
Spencer For Hire5,808 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Are news broadcasts on Radio 4 still completely music-free? I guess this lack of themes is part of their distinctive sound.

Indeed - PM had one, but it was dropped in 1997. (I think Eddie Mair may have snuck it out once or twice)

He not only snuck out the theme tune, completely unheralded, but also Valerie Singleton as co-presenter on the flimsy pretext that it was 29th February. I thought I'd dropped through a twenty-year time rift!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43X4_30kYD4


I think I'm right in saying that the PM theme tune was dropped as a mark of respect following the death of Princess Diana, but it was never reinstated, as the powers-that-be decided the programme sounded better without it.

Whilst I like it personally from a nostalgic point of view, I have to admit it was a bit naff.
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Bob Paisley441 posts since 9 Aug 2005
London London
Remembered hating the change at first and grew to like it.

I thought nothing was wrong with the previous 9 O'Clock News theme or the one composed by George Fenton.


Personally, I've always preferred the more orchestral theme that predated the current version (I didn't know the composer). I've never really liked the David Lowe music, but I suppose I've gotten used to it.
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Moz5,333 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Wales Today
Remembered hating the change at first and grew to like it.

I thought nothing was wrong with the previous 9 O'Clock News theme or the one composed by George Fenton.


Personally, I've always preferred the more orchestral theme that predated the current version (I didn't know the composer). I've never really liked the David Lowe music, but I suppose I've gotten used to it.


There wasn’t a single theme then. Each programme had its own music. They all got revamped in an orchestral style during the cut-glass era.
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rdd3,295 posts since 21 Jun 2001
I hated losing the then well established themes (the Six O’Clock News theme dated from 1984, the One from 1986, and the Nine from 1988) too. But it really has grown on me since. Probably one of the oddest things BBC News has some of late was when they dusted off the old Breakfast News theme for use on the Breakfast opt outs for the Scottish independence referendum a few years back. I really liked that theme, but so out of place in the post 1999 era.
BBI45798 posts since 2 Aug 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I hated losing the then well established themes (the Six O’Clock News theme dated from 1984, the One from 1986, and the Nine from 1988) too. But it really has grown on me since. Probably one of the oddest things BBC News has some of late was when they dusted off the old Breakfast News theme for use on the Breakfast opt outs for the Scottish independence referendum a few years back. I really liked that theme, but so out of place in the post 1999 era.

Do you happen to know if there is any video of these opt outs?
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theTOTHlad2002243 posts since 20 Nov 2018
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Remembered hating the change at first and grew to like it.

I thought nothing was wrong with the previous 9 O'Clock News theme or the one composed by George Fenton.


Personally, I've always preferred the more orchestral theme that predated the current version (I didn't know the composer). I've never really liked the David Lowe music, but I suppose I've gotten used to it.


There wasn’t a single theme then. Each programme had its own music. They all got revamped in an orchestral style during the cut-glass era.

I believe News 24 97 was composed by George Fenton.
It’s a news thing. OK?
Mike W4,862 posts since 30 Apr 2006
London London

I believe News 24 97 was composed by George Fenton.

Network News 1993 (-1999) was arranged and composed by George Fenton, certainly, he even lists it on his website.

News 24's launch theme I suspect was somebody else, I've heard David Dundas' name in the frame for it, amongst others.
EDIT:Duff info
Last edited by Mike W on 14 May 2019 4:19pm
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