Hopefully this is the start of reforming the entirety of BBC presentation under a single font.
I do hope not - I don't think that all presentation should be using a 'one size fits all' font, there should still be scope for individual channel (and other) brands to express character through their choice of typeface.
I DO agree that having a corporate typeface that is your own property makes a lot of sense - though presumably the core BBC brand will say Gill Sans (as seen in the SPOTY graphic above)
The above point you’ve mentioned - I’d agree to some extent. The 1997 corporate rebranding of the BBC held the notion that every brand would use Gill; and the personality of the brand would not be in the logo, but in the idents and surrounding presentation.
Yes - but the world is very different to 1997, and channel brands are no longer just an on-screen identity, where a channel ident existed alongside the logo. In these days of channel brands having a life outside of TV (on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, on iPlayer, and on platforms yet to be devised) the core channel identity needs to have a life of its own - it can't rely on idents. There needs to be both a BBC brand, and a channel brand/identity. The BBC logo arguably provides the corporate identity - I'm not sure you need a corporate typeface to be used for the channel identities as well.
The logos however, felt plain; BBC management at the time felt concerned that their channel logos needed to be more bolder; hence the introduction of the boxes.
Yes - arguably the channel colour brand worked better than the boxes themselves. I still associate BBC One with red, more than BBC News.
Sure, bringing all BBC branding into line does make some sense; at the same time, it should be bold, modern and fresh. I’d take the ITV 2013 rebrand and Sky’s streamlined refresh last year as evidence of this.
I agree that ITV have a nice look - but I'm not convinced the channel brands serve ITV2-4 as well as ITV. Sky have a very strong corporate look - but it's very 'one note' - which is fine for a Pay-TV operation. I'm not sure Radio 3, 1Xtra, BBC Four, BBC World Service Radio and CBeebies all sit quite as strongly within a common look.