Welcome to Ident Central. We’re the home of television presentation from the 1950’s to the present day. We have coverage of all the major UK broadcasters as well as a selection of international broadcasters as well.
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On 15 November 1969, BBC1 began transmitting in colour, and introduced the first version of the “mirror globe” ident (this style was often used within Monty Python’s Flying Circus). The inclusion of the word “colour” in the station ident could be viewed as a subtle reminder to the vast majority of viewers, still watching in […]
From the mid-1974 to mid-1980s the BBC1 ident comprised various fonts reading ‘BBC1’ below variations on the mirror globe, with a deep blue background. The idents were generated by the Nexus Orthicon Display Device, or NODD for short, which worked by filming an image in black and white and electronically adding colour before the image […]
By 1985, computer graphics technology had progressed sufficiently that on 18 February the mechanical mirror globe was retired in favour of the new “Computer Originated World”, or ‘COW’, which showed a semi-transparent blue globe with golden continents and gold “BBC1”. It was created by the BBC graphics and computer departments, with work starting on it […]
In 1981 the BBC1 globe was given a minor refresh. Ident Darker version 60 years of the BBC 1982 1984 Olympic ident 1984 Olympic ident with Ceefax
A selection of presentation used by BBC one between 1981 – 1985 Slides Menus and promotions Clocks
A selection of idents used by BBC One between February 1985 and February 1991 Ident The globe was originally planned to launch on 1 January 1985 but was delayed until 18 February that year by the then controller of BBC One, Michael Grade. The first ever programme to be introduced by this new globe was […]
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