Click for larger image BBC North West Symbol
1971
Click for larger image Before the introduction of the regional BBC1 globe in 1974, each of the BBC regions had a graphic symbol as their tv ident. The image shown on the left is courtesy of Francois Frappe. Francois took this black and white photo of a transmission from the Winter Hill transmitter in 1971.
 
The image on the right is reconstruction of the BBC North West arrow symbol ident.



Click for larger image BBC 1 North West
1978
Click for larger image The 1970s mirror globe from the North West.

Click for larger image BBC1 North West Continuity
6.3.1979
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Click for larger image BBC1 North West Clock
1980
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Click for larger image BBC1 North West Closedown
9.5.1980
Click for larger image During this era of BBC1, each region of the UK would transmit a junction between each programme, either out of vision or in vision, giving details of later programmes and the one about to be transmitted. Also, BBC1 used to close down each night and just prior to closedown the regions would transmit a late night news bulletin, play The Queen, and then remind everyone to switch their TVs off.

Click for larger image BBC1 North West Final Regional Invision Closedown
12.9.1980
Click for larger image The junctions and closedown by the English regions ended on 12th September 1980 - London did all the junctions and closed down the channel at night from then on for the English regions, however Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales continued their own junctions and closedown - and here we have the final North West region transmission with John Mundy from BBC Studio P, Broadcasting House, Manchester, where the junctions and closedown came from.
 
Studio P was a self op. studio located on the 4th floor of BH, amongst radio studios from the 1920s, when the upper floors of the building changed from being a bank to becoming BH Manchester for the BBC's north west region's radio programmes.
 
Studio P had one camera, a desk in front of the presenter with various sources coming in (TK, VT, slide scanner, etc) and was about a third the size of a normal-sized living room. The presenter self-operated the cutting to the various sources and you'll see John Mundy's arms move at some point to do this. The slides also show the desk.
 
The clip is all pretty well self-explanatory, and the slide sequence will give a good idea of the operating conditions. The camera used to be an EMI 2001 but this was moved to Studio N eventually and a cobbled together Philips handheld camera used, with a film lens. The quality was never very good with this camera and to make matters worse there was an autocue in front of it too. That's why the camera output in this clip looks so soft and the black level sat up.


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Click for larger image BBC 1 North West
1981
Click for larger image The classic mirror globe from BBC North West.
 
Left clip - John Mundy, right clip - Stuart Hall


BBC1 North West Continuity
1983
From October 1983.

Click for larger image BBC1 North West
1984
Click for larger image Another mirror globe ident here from 1984, voiceover is Phil Sayer.


BBC1 North West
1988 & 1991


Click for larger image BBC1 North
1990
Click for larger image BBC North West becomes BBC North, as Newcastle takes over news coverage for Cumbria.
 
Second clip from 1991



Click for larger image BBC 1 Ident
1993 & 1996
and back again.. BBC North becomes BBC North West again in 1996
 
Left clip - BBC North / Right clip - BBC North West



Click for larger image BBC North West Clock
1999
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BBC One North West
2000
Left clip: Snowdon Ident / Right clip: English (London)
 
Other idents featuring North West locations were used including the Blackpool Tower Ident.


Click for larger image BBC One North West
2000 / 2002
Click for larger image a couple more balloon idents
 
Right clip: Irish (Lough) Ident


Click for larger image Clocks
2000 / 2001
Click for larger image A couple of North West clocks here...


BBC One North West
2002
The acrobats ident here from 2002.


Click for larger image BBC One North West
2007
Here's how the BBC One kites ident looks in the north west...

Click for larger image BBC One North West
2007
The moon ident...

Click for larger image BBC One North West
2009
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Click for larger image BBC One North West Christmas Ident
2010
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Click for larger image BBC One North West Christmas Ident
2011
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BBC 2 North
1993
Left clip: Paint ident / Right clip: Blade ident

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1991
BBC 2 North - Paint
1991
BBC 2 North - Tubes
1991
BBC 2 North - Water
1991


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