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


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1991
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1991
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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.


Click for larger image CNN Breaking News - The Gulf War
1991
From 16th January 1991 CNN makes history.. John Holliman and Bernard Shaw were the only 2 foreign reporters to be in Baghdad as the first strikes hit the city, when it happened they reported live on the phone to CNN in Atlanta. Bernard Shaw's first words were ,"Something is happening outside."
 
These 2 clips are our earliest recordings

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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...


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1991
CNN Live
1991
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1991
CNN Live
1991


Click for larger image CNN War In The Gulf
1991
Click for larger image Catherine Crier and David French on Day 2 with an update... CNN had a special 'War in Gulf' sting ready to play.
 
Catherine updates the situation of it's correspondents in Iraq.


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1991
Click for larger image Catherine Crier with another update on CNN correspondents John Holliman and Bernard Shaw.
 
Right clip - Susan Rook and Patrick Greenlaw with an update


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1991
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1991
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1991
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1991


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Click for larger image BBC War In The Gulf
1991
Click for larger image Right clip - Martyn Lewis speaks to Michael Macmillian as the news breaks...

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1991
Click for larger image The BBC's teatime news programme from the period of the 1991 Gulf War, which obviously dominates the programme. At this time, other stories were only featuring in the final few minutes of the BBC's news programmes, and only one non Gulf War story made the headlines sequence.

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20.2.1991
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1991
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1991
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1991


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1991
Click for larger image A couple of Sky News promos for its coverage of the War in the Persian Gulf. Right clip features Selina Scott

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1991
Click for larger image From Day 5 of the Gulf War - a Sky News bulletin with Steven Cole and Stephanie Callastair


ITN Gulf Report
1991
This special programme brings news of the start of the ground war in the Gulf.

ITN 8 O'clock Gulf News Report
1991
ITN 8 O'clock Gulf News Report - with Trevor McDonald. A special nightly bulletin updating the latest news on the Gulf conflict in 1991. The voice-over is Richard Bath.

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19.2.1991
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20.2.1991
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1991
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Click for larger image NBC Nightly News - America at War
1991
Click for larger image 2 clips here, the right clip - Tom Brokaw in Saudi Arabia and Garrick Utley

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1991
CBS News opted for a full on CG opener, not very subtle, but more like a computer game.
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Click for larger image Headline News - War in the Gulf
1991
Click for larger image CNN Headline News opening with Lynne Russell
 
Right clip - special War in the Gulf titles with Bob Losure


Click for larger image CTV News - Gulf War Crisis
1991
Click for larger image A clip of Canadian broadcaster CTV's coverage of the first night of the Gulf War. Along with many other broadcasters, CTV featured CNN's coverage.


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1991
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1991
Click for larger image 28th February 1991, and there is peace in The Gulf.

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1991
Click for larger image Kay Burley and Bob Friend report on Peace in the Gulf

Click for larger image BBC Six O'Clock News
1991
Click for larger image Anna Ford brings us the news...

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1991
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Click for larger image CNN Breaking News
1993
Click for larger image This is the moment Lou Waters broke the news to the world on the Strike in Iraq...
 
Right clip - Strike in the Gulf sting


Click for larger image Sky News Breaking News
1993
Click for larger image Chris Mann breaks the news to the UK first on Sky News
 
Right clip - Kay Burley with an update


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1993
Click for larger image Chris Lowe breaks the news on the BBC


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1998
Bob Friend with more news on the air strikes in Iraq..
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