Thames News was given another overhaul, at some point during 1988-9. The new logo was computer generated, rendered as if written in shiny steel lettering and placed on a weathered steel background. The title music became a strident fanfare. The studio set for main bulletins was given a plain blue background, while shorter bulletins took place on a grey set. We have various examples below:


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1989 - Late Bulletins
Click for larger image Two bulletins from 1989, hosted by Robin Houston.
 
Lead stories: Tube drivers agree to stage a one-day strike; London's Riverside Health Authority cuts budget by nearly 7million, unions fear a loss of nearly 700 jobs.


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1990 - Late bulletins
Click for larger image Newscaster: Robin Houston
 
Lead story clip 1: angry demonstrations at Greenwich Town Hall by Charlton FC supporters. Borough planners recommend the Charlton plan to convert The Valley into the Football League's first all-seater stadium.
 
Lead story clip 2: Amersham-based Timsway Holidays, which specialised in breaks to Greece, goes out of business due to holiday bookings slump.


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1990 - Late Bulletin
Click for larger image Newscaster: Robin Houston
 
An MP has criticised a judge who gave three years' probation to a teenage mother who inflicted cruelty on her seven month-old son. Celia and Danny Palmer were convicted in December after the death of their son Christopher at their Finsbury Park flat.


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1990 - Afternoon Bulletins
Click for larger image Newscaster: Kerry Swain
 
Lead Story, Clip 1: Thousands of families in Surrey warned to boil their drinking water after scientists discovered bacteria in the supplies.
 
Lead Story, Clip 2: Security alerts in central London following a meeting of NATO leaders; a bomb exploded at litter bin in The Strand. (July 1990)


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1990 - Main 6pm Bulletin
Click for larger image Trailer and main edition, hosted by Liz Pike.
 
Lead story: Child scandal at south London children's home run by Greenwich Council.


The last make-over came in late 1990, around the time that Thames TV stopped using the generic ITV identity and rolled out its own fully-revised new look. Just as the channel ident now formed over a triangle, so did the logo for Thames News, while the music become more triumphant and optimistic. The studio set took on an orange/beige colour scheme, with the rear wall decorated in three-dimensional reliefs of London landmarks. This was the identity that Thames News took to its grave on 31st December 1992. During this period, Andrew Gardner continued to host the early evening bulletins alongside Liz Pike, with Steve Clarke joining the team from the BBC's London Plus. David Strahan presented occasional bulletins too.


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1990 - Steve Clarke leaves for Thames News!
Click for larger image Why, you ask, is a clip from the BBC's London Plus bulletin on the Thames News page? Well, we just happen to have Steve Clarke's final appearance as the main anchor before leaving to join the Thames News team, a fact highlighted in the closing seconds by his co-presenter Rob Curling. There's a cheeky reference to salary in there too. Michael Whale can be seen in the final shot as the lights go down.

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1990-1991 Promotional Trailers
Click for larger image "Just another day in the life of Thames News..." With the franchise renewals looming, Thames would occasionally run promotional spots like this, as a reminder to viewers and any policy makers who happened to be watching, that they were a good company worth keeping. Other than aficionados of news, who remembers broadcasting legends like Andrew Gardner any more? Well WE DO and they were the greatest!!!

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1991 - Afternoon Bulletin
Click for larger image Newscaster: Sharon Doughty
 
Lead Story: 700 workers at Ford's Dagenham plant are laid off. Ford blames the recession, as new figures reveal that 1990 was the worst year for company closures.


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10/06/1991 - Evening Bulletin
Click for larger image Newscaster: Robin Houston Lead story: The husband of a woman stabbed to death in Battersea appeals for information about her murder. Plus, a closing mention of the following evening's special bulletin at 6.30pm, as the two halves of the M25 Dartford Bridge are joined together. Andrew Gardner hosts, from the bridge, with Liz Pike in the Euston Road studios. Gardner interviews Carl Morris, Deputy Leader of Thurrock Council and Kenneth Leadbeater, the Leader of Dartford Council.

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11/06/1991 - Opening
Dartford Bridge Special
11/06/1991 - Bridge
Dartford Bridge Special
11/06/1991 - Bridge
Dartford Bridge Special
11/06/1991 - Closing


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1991 - Main Evening Bulletin
Click for larger image Lead story: London Underground promises to move 2000 staff to Canary Wharf, if its Jubilee Line extension goes ahead. The future of the extension is being considered by the Cabinet. Plus a report by Jane Ball.
 
Newscaster: Steve Clarke. Second clip includes Thames Weather, narrated by the continuity announcer Philip Elsmore.


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1991-1992 - Evening bulletins
Click for larger image Newscasters: Tricia Ingrams, Robin Houston.
 
Stories 24/12/1991: the Thames/LWT/Capital Radio 'Christmas Line' service is revived for the ninth year running, plus Christmas travel news.
 
Stories 22/01/1992: the Government announces plans for another 300 miles of London "red routes," where vehicles are not allowed to stop.


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1992
Click for larger image Clip 1: David Strahan closes a morning bulletin with the weather news.
 
Clip 2: Robin Houston. Lead story: the mother of Hertfordshire youngster Simon Jones says she's disgusted that the man who abducted her son and held him prisoner for two months has had his prison sentence reduced.


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1992 - Trailer
Click for larger image June 1992 trailer, featuring Andrew Gardner and Liz Pike.
 
Stories: what will happen to the animals at London Zoo, following the announcement that it will close in three month's time? How a daredevil sky-dive went tragically wrong; a new deal to save the Jubilee Tube Line extension; plus the Globe Theatre is re-born after three centuries.


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1992 - Main Bulletin & Trailer
Click for larger image Newscasters: Steve Clarke, Graham Miller
 
Lead Story clip 1: Murder enquiry under way in London.
 
Trailer: The survey that tells how the region's teenagers have been shattered by the recession and are now turning to Europe. Why motorists could face an MOT shock in the New Year, and what might tempt you to splash out at The Boat Show.


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1992 - Afternoon Bulletin
Click for larger image A Friday afternoon bulletin from December 1992. Newscaster: Mary Maher
 
Lead story: Man dies after being robbed and attacked at Putney Railway Station. Plus Thames Weather, narrated by continuity announcer Mark Lipscomb.


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23/12/1992 - Lunchtime bulletin
Click for larger image Newscasters: David Strahan
 
Lead story: Olympic hopeful sprinter Jason Livingstone is barred for life from competing in the Olympics. Plus the Hampstead tube explosion and peace talks to prevent a Christmas black out of the West End.


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23/12/1992 - Last full-length edition
Click for larger image Newscasters: Steve Clarke, Gytha Hutton, Graham Miller.
 
Lead stories: Jason Livingstone banned from Olympics for taking drugs; Christmas strike in West End Theatreland called off; one more shopping day to go; troops link up from Bosnia with their families back home. Steve bids farewell from all the news team, including Wayne and the tape library!


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31/12/1992 - Final Lunchtime Bulletin
Click for larger image Newscaster: Mary Maher
 
Clip from the final lunchtime bulletin, and Christoper Rainbow's report on the final broadcast of TV-AM that morning, featuring interviews with Sir David Frost, Bruce Gyngell and host Mike Morris.


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31/12/1992 - Final Bulletin & Trail
Click for larger image Newscaster Graham Miller hosts the final bulletin, shown at 5.55pm on 31/12/1992. The last story includes an appearance by Peter Moore, London's Town Crier, announcing the closure of Thames. The Thames News staff also have the chance to scream and shout goodbye, over the din of party poppers.

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