This page compares the tv presentation from around the world of various networks that covered the The Gulf War in the Persian Gulf of 1991
CNN War in the Gulf
CNN was perhaps the network most known for its association with The Gulf War. Immense pressure was put on CNN to be accurate knowing President Bush, Saddam Hussein and a worldwide audience would be watching. 24 hour global news capabilities put CNN in a strong position to cover the war and with CNN's graphics department geared for constantly breaking news, they were able to handle the demands of the war.
Around the clock, they produced around 7,000 separate graphics. Part of the design process would include CNN's designers watching military briefings, anticipating which graphic maps would need designing, as they would be required immediately after the briefing was over.
The CNN war logo used 3D type over a ground plane representing the theatre of war. 'Our red, gold and black logo was none too subtle, it expresses aggression, war and danger.' explains CNN's Vice President of Graphics Ann Williams. It could also be said to have a period feel of war. Immediately after the annoucement of the ceasefire CNN replaced its angry red and black logo with a cornflower blue, silver and off white 'Toward Peace in the Gulf' logo. CNN always anticipating events was ready with other variations including 'Cease Fire' 'War Over' and 'War Over?'
The same treatment of typography and logo was carried through to 'Strike in the Gulf' for the early 1993 air strikes in Iraq.
4 more clips showing from the first day of the war... CNN was the clear leader in covering the war, as they were totally unique as the only broadcaster to be able to show everything to the viewers live - as it happened...
BBC News War in the Gulf
Sky News War in the Gulf
ITN War in the Gulf
NBC / ABC / CBS / Headline News / CTV
Gulf Peace 1991
Strike in the Gulf 1993
Strike on Iraq 1998