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Visual History of BBC Television Logos and Idents from 1953


During the course of researching for a logo design project, I somehow ended up at rather intriguing website called 625.co.com, housing a rather terrific collection of Television logos and idents, in particular it was the BBC logos and idents that really interested me.

This website was created way back in 1997 and last revised 2006, so stagnated in terms of updates, but it still proves to be a fascinating insight into BBC television logo history. I remember sitting at home as a young kid, in the 1970's, watching the familiar golden glob spinning on a blue background. This collection has really sparked some marvelous memories.

Therefore, I have picked some of the images to display here, but I strongly recommend visting 625.co.com to fully take a trip down memory line. Also, there is a complete library of the logo and idents on Wikipedia. This could be your one and only stop, bypassing 625.co.com, but as I first found this site prior to information on Wiki, it's only polite to visit the latter.

The BBC website has a hidden gem of a page called 'Cult' and has the original animated clips of all the idents listed below, including the very first one from 1953. http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/testcards/video/index.shtml

BBC 1950's Batwing Video Ident

Incidentally, I then found a website dedicated to television idents, called Idents.tv, certainly a more tasteful affair in website design. :)

Visual History of BBC Television Idents from 1953

BBC logo and ident 1953 - 1963

BBC logo and ident 1962

BBC logo and ident 1969-1985

BBC logo and ident 1969-1985

BBC logo and ident 1979-1986

BBC logo and ident 1985-1991

BBC logo and ident 1991-1997

BBC logo and ident 1997-2002  More info on the balloons

BBC logo and ident 2002-2006

BBC logo and ident 2010

The current BBC main logo and identity






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