Nationwide
1960s
A legend is born - the very first set of titles used by Nationwide from around the late 1960s. Short and sweet, but the local news magazine titles still feature.

Nationwide
c1970
The more familiar lettering makes its first appearance at the start of the Seventies. But Nationwide remains black and white and the theme music is as before.

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1970s
From alcoholic snails to skateboarding ducks, this programme had it all! This clip features the familiar theme tune, "The Good Word" by Johnny Scott.
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Click for larger image Nationwide
1970s
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1970s
Another look at the titles, clearly captured in 1991
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Click for larger image Nationwide
1979
Click for larger image South Today with Nationwide, and the opening titles include a list of the titles of all of the regional news magazines.

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Click for larger image Nationwide
1981
Into the 1980s and nationwide gets a fresh look. There's also a new theme tune as well.
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Click for larger image BBC Evening News
1.5.1981
Click for larger image Here are the opening titles from 1st May 1981, and on the soundtrack is production talkback from the Manchester's local studio (Studio N, Piccadilly) and in the background programme sound. Thanks to unhban for the recording.

BBC Evening News
1981
The new look for the teatime bulletin was unveiled in Autumn 1981 as part of an across-the-board revamp of BBC News branding. This is the first new-look bulletin.
 
On 30 October there was a bomb in Oxford Street! In the days before Al'Qaeda, there's only one prime suspect. Richard Baker has the latest.


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1981
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BBC Evening News
1982
One year on and a very slight modification to the titles. Richard Baker presents; a BBC1 North clock introduces the bulletin.

Click for larger image Nationwide
1982
Click for larger image David Dimbleby had a brief tenure as host of Nationwide. In this clip he introduces an edition where Michael Heseltine is "on the spot."

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1983
Click for larger image And finally...the last revamp for Nationwide. Within a year the programme would end its long run.

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Click for larger image Sixty Minutes Pre-Launch Promo
1983
Click for larger image The new programme's presenters trail the new teatime programme.

Sixty Minutes
1983
BBC1 finally dispensed with Nationwide in favour of Sixty Minutes, an American-style magazine, from September 1983. Regional news programmes were broadcast within the new format; Desmond Wilcox presents the first show.
 
Right clip - A clean version of the Sixty Minutes theme tune.


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1983
glimpse of the massive set used by the programme before its new year refresh
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Click for larger image Sixty Minutes
1984
Click for larger image Around six months later, the theme music was replaced by a more authoritative, synthesised version. The titles remained the same; the desks are also jettisoned in favour of a sofa-driven look.

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BBC Six O'Clock News
1984
In spite of the relaunch, Sixty Minutes failed to pick up so the BBC called it a day in August 1984. Taking its place was The Six O'Clock News, which has been a staple ever since. Sue Lawley became the lead news reader.
 
This famous edition from October 1984 revealed the full horror of the famine in Ethiopia, which led to the formation of Band Aid by Bob Geldof.


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1985
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1985
The top story focuses on the latest money raised for Live Aid
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Click for larger image The Six O'Clock News
1987
Phillip Hayton joins Sue for this edition. The latest merger talks between the SDP and the Liberals is the lead story
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Click for larger image The Six O'clock News
1989 / 1987
Click for larger image Left clip with Nicholas Witchell and Andrew Harvey.
 
Right clip features a close from a different edition as Sue Lawley signs off.


Click for larger image The Six O'Clock News
1992
Eight years after these titles were introduced, Peter Sissons and Moira Stuart are the presenters.
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Click for larger image BBC Six O'Clock News
1993
This is the first programme of the new look (opening and close) from 13th April 1993.
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c1993
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Some examples of programme content graphics, including the clean graphics background clean.


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Click for larger image Tommorrow's World Feature
1993
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1995
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Click for larger image 6 O'Clock News
1999
Here is the first programme from 10th May 1999 when the whole of BBC News was given a new look.
 
The cold hard news blue was replaced by creams, oranges and reds designed by Lambie-Nairn. This was also the first time the familiar beeps and drums theme composed by David Lowe was first introduced.
 
Regional news headlines would now also be incorporated into the headline sequences at the top of the programme and coming up sequence.

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Click for larger image 6 O'Clock News
1999
With Fiona Bruce and Gordon Burns
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Click for larger image 6 O'Clock News
2000
With Huw Edwards in London and Gordon Burns in the north west
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Click for larger image BBC News at 6 O'Clock
2000
Click for larger image Sian Williams

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BBC News at Six O'Clock
2001
And on 2nd October 2000, BBC News went widescreen so we can now see even more of the corporate titles. Instead of a regional insert this clip features "UK Today".

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2001
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Click for larger image BBC News at 6 O'Clock
2002
In late 2002 the somewhat boring beige set was modified with new ceiling detail and warmed up with new red panels.
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Click for larger image BBC News at Six O'Clock
2003
A new set and two presenters for the Six from 2003.
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2003
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BBC News at Six O'Clock - Election
2005
Presented by George Alagiah and Sophie Raworth.
 
Immigration continues to dominate the campaign, with the Prime Minister accusing the Tories of whipping up fear. Meanwhile Sophie and the BBC Election bus continue their tour of the UK, tonight stopping in Edinburgh.


Click for larger image 6 O'clock News (Close)
2006
The new look featuring the "clam shell" logo was revealed in February 2004.
 
This virtual newsroom set seen behind George Alagiah in this clip was first introduced in 2005, replacing the previous virtual newsroom of desks and monitor stands which was first introduced in January 2003.

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BBC News at Six O'Clock
2006
On the 2nd May 2006, all BBC News titles were refreshed with this more glossier CGI look. A new spacious set was also introduced, featuring a vast video wall, allowing the studio to now be shared by BBC Breakfast.
 
This is the first edition of the new look.


Click for larger image BBC News at Six O'Clock (Close)
2007
with Jane Hill
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Click for larger image BBC News at 6
2007
On the 22nd January, the nick-named 'Clam Shell' look was updated again, this time with jets of light beams whooshing around it!
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2007
Close - George Alagiah
2007
Close - Natasha Kaplinsky
2007



Click for larger image BBC News at Six
2008
Presented by Sian Williams.
 
The revamped BBC News at Six titles as part of a wider BBC News revamp which saw BBC News 24 rebranded, somewhat unimaginitively, as the BBC News Channel. Apart from the new graphics, the Six retains its single presenter format.

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Click for larger image BBC News at 6
2009
The BBC News at 6 with George Alagiah from December 2009.
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Click for larger image Last BBC News at Six from TVC
15.3.2013
Click for larger image The very last BBC News at Six to be broadcast from BBC Television Centre in West London

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Click for larger image BBC News at 6
18.3.2013
Click for larger image Monday 18th March television history is made as BBC Television news programmes start broadcasting from their new home in central London at New Broadcasting House.

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