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BBCarms27 Current BBC coat of arms
1927–1988 1988–present


The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), founded in London on 28 October 1922 as the British Broadcasting Company Ltd, is one of the world's largest broadcasters.

BBC blocks

1958–1963

BBC 1950s

The first version of the BBC blocks was introduced circa 1957, consisting of square blocks containing italic BBC letters. The font is thought to be a variation of Univers.

1963–1971

BBC 1 logo 1964

In 1963, the blocks became slanted to match the angle of the letters.

1971–1991

BBC 1970s

Then, in 1971, the corners of the blocks became round. These first three versions of the blocks were used mainly for the television services (with, where necessary, the addition of a fourth block containing "tv", "1" or "2"), and on associated merchandise. The Corporation's national and local radio stations, for the most part, retained their own identities.

1988–1997

BBC (1988)

In August 1988, the BBC decided to introduce a more cohesive identity across all of its output, and so commissioned Michael Peters to design a new version of the blocks.

They thus regained square corners and were slanted to an angle of 17 degrees, while the font for the letters was changed to Helvetica. More importantly, three coloured lines were added underneath - blue, red and green being the phosphors of a colour television picture, as well as representing the three national BBC regions (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Although the logo was intended to herald a more cohesive identity, its adoption proved slow: copyright notices at the end of TV programmes and video releases did not start using it until 1990, as did the radio stations, while corresponding new identities for both BBC1 and BBC2 did not appear until February 1991.

The logo also proved problematic in several ways: its slanted nature meant that it did not work very well on screen or at a small size, while it did not look comfortable when used alongside upright fonts. In addition, printing costs were high due to the coloured lines. However this logo was officially dropped on 4th October 1997 but BBC Radio Clwyd continued using this logo until the station closure in 1998.

1997–present

BBC

On 18 April 1997, with the Internet growing in popularity and digital television on the horizon, the BBC commissioned Lambie-Nairn to design a modernised logo, which includes a new, simpler and cleaner version of the blocks.

This version abolished the slants and the coloured lines in favour of simple square blocks containing upright letters, in Gill Sans font.

According to Lambie-Nairn, this choice of font was particularly appropriate for the BBC: "The sculptured panels and Prospero and Ariel statue which adorn Broadcasting House were created by Eric Gill in the 1930s. And by choosing a typeface that has stand the test of time, we avoid the trap of going down a modish route that might look outdated in several years time."

After 9 years, the logo was introduced across all of BBC's television and radio services on 4 October 1997. At first, the services all followed a consistent scheme, whereby the name of each would appear to the right of the logo in the same font. By the end of 2002, most services were using a different design with the logo and name on top of each other in a box.

BBC Coat of Arms

1927–1988

BBCarms27

Shortly after receiving its first Royal Charter in 1927, the BBC was granted its own armorials by the College of Arms.

The British lion forms the 'crest' of the arms, and the thunderbolt it holds is a heraldic way of representing broadcasting. The eagles form the 'supporters', and represent speed, while the bugles they wear round their necks symbolise public proclamation.

On the shield is the globe surrounded by seven stars, which represent the other seven planets in the Solar System and hence reflect the scope and breadth of the Corporation. Finally, the motto, "Nation shall speak peace unto nation", is based on verses from the Old Testament (Micah 4:3 and Isaiah 2:4).

1988–present

Current BBC coat of arms

An updated Coat of Arms was introduced with the underlined BBC logo (see above) in 1988, retaining all the properties of the original arms but making them appear more defined.

External links


BBC
UK TV:
BBC One (HD) (W | NI | SC) | (England: E | EM | L | NE&C | NW | S | SE | SW&CI | WoE | WM | Y | L&EY)
BBC Two (HD) (W | NI | SC)
BBC News (HD) | BBC Four (HD) | CBBC (HD) | CBeebies (HD) | BBC Parliament | BBC Alba

Timeline:
BBC Trust

Defunct:
BBC One English Regions: (L&SE) | BBC Two English Regions: (E | EM | L | L&SE | M | NE&C | NW | S | SE | SW | W | Y&L)
BBC Select | BBC Choice Nations (NI | SC | WA) | BBC HD | BBC Three (TV channel) (HD)


Nations
BBC Scotland | BBC Cymru Wales | BBC Northern Ireland

Regions
BBC East | BBC East Midlands | BBC London | BBC North East and Cumbria | BBC North West | BBC South | BBC South East | BBC South West and Channel Islands | BBC West of England | BBC West Midlands | BBC Yorkshire | BBC Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire

Defunct: BBC South East | BBC North


International TV
BBC America (HD) (co-owned with AMC Networks) | BBC Arabic | BBC Brit | BBC Canada (co-owned with Shaw Media) | BBC Earth | BBC Entertainment (Italy) | BBC First | BBC HD | BBC Ireland (HD) | BBC Kids | BBC Knowledge | BBC Lifestyle (Italy | Australia) | BBC Persian | BBC UKTV | BBC Urdu | BBC World News (HD)

Defunct: BBC World Service Television | BBC Japan


Radio
BBC Radio 1 | BBC Radio 1Xtra | BBC Radio 2 | BBC Radio 3 | BBC Radio 4 | BBC Radio 4 Extra | BBC Radio 5 Live | BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra | BBC Radio 6 Music | BBC Radio Asian Network | BBC Radio World Service

Nations Radio
BBC Radio Scotland | BBC Radio Gàidhlig | BBC Radio Orkney | BBC Radio Shetland | BBC Radio Wales | BBC Radio Cymru | BBC Radio Ulster | BBC Radio Foyle

Local Radio
Berkshire | Bristol | Cambridgeshire | Cornwall | Coventry & Warwickshire | Cumbria | Derby | Devon | Essex | Gloucestershire | Guernsey | Hereford & Worcester | Humberside | Isle of Man | Jersey | Kent | Lancashire | Leeds | Leicester | Lincolnshire | London | Manchester | Merseyside | Newcastle | Norfolk | Northampton | Nottingham | Oxford | Sheffield | Shropshire | Solent | Somerset | Stoke | Suffolk | Surrey | Sussex | Tees | Three Counties | Wiltshire | West Midlands | York

Defunct: BBC Radio Aberdeen | BBC Radio Highland | BBC Radio Tweed | BBC Radio Clwyd | Dorset FM | Radio Durham | Southern Counties Radio | Thames Valley FM


BBC News:
Programmes: BBC Breakfast | BBC News at One | BBC News at Six | BBC News at Ten | Newsnight | Newsround

English Regions:
East Midlands Today | London News | Look East | Look North (L&EY | NE&C | Y) | North West (Today | Tonight) | Points West | South Today | South East Today | Spotlight | West Midlands Today

Nations:
Scotland: Reporting Scotland | Newsnight Scotland | An Là
Wales: Wales Today | Newyddion
Northern Ireland: Newsline


Other Operations
BBC Sport | BBC Earth | BBC Red Button | BBC.co.uk | BBC iPlayer | BBC Playlister | BBC Films | BBC Earth Films | BBC Worldwide | BBC DVD | BBC Bitesize | BBC Music | BBC iWonder | BBC Learning Zone | 2 Entertain | S4C | BBC Studios | BBC Three (Internet channel)

Defunct: BBC Ceefax | BBC Switch | BBC 2W | UKTV | BBC Multimedia | BBC Nationstates

BBC logo 1988
European Broadcasting Union
Eurovision/Euroradio

ARD | ARMTV | AZTV | BBC | BHRT | BNR | BNT | Belteleradio | Cadena COPE | Cadena SER | Canal+ | Channel One Russia | Český rozhlas | ČT | CyBC / RIK | DR | ENRS Radio algérienne | EPTV | ERR | ERT | Radio Tunisienne | ERTU | Télévision Tunisienne | Europe 1 | France.tv | GPB | HRT | İTV | Jamahiriya TV | JRTV | Kan (IPBC) | KVF | KNR | LNC | LR | LRT | LTV | MRT | MTV | MTVA | NPO | NRK | ORF | PBS Ltd. | Polskie Radio | Armradio | Rai | Radio 100,7 | Radio France | RFI | RMC | Radio Orpheus | ROR | RTBF | RTCG | RTÉ | RTL Group | RTP | RTS | RTSH | RTVA | RTVE | RTVS | RTV SLO | RTV San Marino | RÚV | SNRT | SR | SRG SSR | STB | SVT | Télé Liban | TF1 | TG4 | TMC (France) | TRM | TRT | TV 2 (Denmark) | TV 2 (Norway) | TV4 | TVP | TVR | UA:PBC | UKIB (ITV | Channel 4 | S4C) | UR | RV | VGTRK | VRT | Yle | ZDF


Associated members
CBS | NBC | ABC (United States) | CCTV | ICRT | Canal 13 | CBC/SRC | Mediaset | ABC (Australia) | NHK | KBS | SBS | TVNZ | SABC | Khabar Agency | RTM


Authorized members
EuronewsNBC | Catalunya Música | Abertis | TV5Monde | Arte | JPMRD | RTRN


Former members
Antena 3 Radio | ČST | IBA (UK) | IBA (Israel) | JRT | LJBC | NERIT | TMC (Italy)


Competitions
Eurovision (Other) | Eurovision Asia | Junior Eurovision (Other) | Young Musicians (Other) | Young Dancers (Other) Eurovision Choir of the Year (Other)


Awards ceremonies
Rose d'Or Awards


Defunct competitions
Eurovision Dance Contest | Jeux Sans Frontiéres