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New BBC corporate font: BBC Reith

To replace Gill Sans in print and on screen (May 2017)

JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
We may have a long changeover period ahead!


Like the 1987-91 era where they were using 2 logos concurrently, then!
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GE
thegeek Founding member London London
I'm curious about this recently-registered design too: https://www.registered-design.service.gov.uk/find/gp5aavgf/92358652/designsbyowner
ST
steveboswell Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Nothing particularly remarkable about either font, which is to be expected. At last the BBC will have a typeface that clearly distinguishes between 1, l and I though!
BE
benjy
I'm curious about this recently-registered design too: https://www.registered-design.service.gov.uk/find/gp5aavgf/92358652/designsbyowner


Very ABC Australia.
PE
peterrocket Founding member
chris posted:
Well this is quite bizarre. Why spend all that money on changing a timeless font?


Apparently it could save quite a fair bit of money - especially given the amount other fonts such as Gotham and Helvetica gets used and the licenses they'll need.

Then again, the decision could be as simple as someone going

'Well if Channel 4 have one, ITV have one and Sky have one, we need one'
PF
PFMC84 UTV Newsline
I like the sans, but not the serif.

Looking at the p and q letters part I am getting a FS Matthew/ITV Reem vibe from it.

I wonder if it will be an overall font used for everything or if all the BBC channels and brands like Sport etc. will retain their own fonts as well? A single unified font would work much better I think.

I also wonder how long it will be before someone here gets their hands on it and we start seeing mocks using it?
EL
elmarko STV Central Reporting Scotland
Aren't most fonts licensed in the apps you use to make things and the OS it runs on?
IS
Inspector Sands
The reasoning behind it is that it's optimised for reading on screens which Gill Sans and other fonts they use aren't.

Wonder if the new look BBC Sport News bulletins will be the first glimpse of this that we see?

Yes, apparently, BBC Sport will use it first
PE
peterrocket Founding member
Aren't most fonts licensed in the apps you use to make things and the OS it runs on?


Desktop usage is generally covered when you 'get' the font , but you need license for broadcast / print use.

Hence why it can often be cheaper.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Wluld be nice to see a new look across BBC Sport. Usually they happen in World Cup years but I guess Wimbledon could be the launch pad.
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BA
Bail Moderator Meridian (South) South Today
From what I've seen, there are ideas for full re brand in terms of channel, cross promos etc but that was a while back, so who knows now. I believe BBC logo isn't changing though, thats staying as it is in Gill.
Last edited by Bail on 18 May 2017 10:14pm
BK
bkman1990 UTV Newsline
Can somebody upload an image of it please. I tried to see it on Twitter but no luck. Thanks.

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