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Bbc logo 1958

BBC 1 logo 1964

Bbc logo 1972

BBC logo 1988

BBC logo 1997




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


BBC 1950s

The first version of the BBC blocks was introduced circa 1958, consisting of square blocks containing italic BBC letters. The font is thought to be a variation of Univers.


BBC 1 logo 1964

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


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.


BBC logo 1988

In 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.


BBC logo 1997

In 1997, with the Internet growing in popularity and digital television on the horizon, the BBC commissioned Lambie-Nairn to design a new, simpler 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 stood the test of time, we avoid the trap of going down a modish route that might look outdated in several years time."

The logo was introduced across all of the BBC's TV and radio services on October 4, 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.

BBC One Two 1991-2007

The above image shows the logo system for BBC's TV channels from 1991, 1997, 2001-2002 and 2006-2007. When the new logo was launched in 1997, the logo system was very simple with just the BBC logo and the service name on the right, all in one font. About 2001, the BBC started introducing variants on those logos, were the service name became bigger and the BBC logo was stacked on top. They also introduced boxes to bound the logos. In 2006, the similarities started dissolving further when the service names were written different fonts.Internally, the logo is known as the BBC blocks. Currently, this is the longest-used logo by the BBC. Should it still be in use by 2016, it would be the longest-used logo on screen, overtaking the 1971-1988 BBC logo.

BBC Coat of Arms



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).



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

BBC One (HD) | BBC Two (HD) | BBC Three (HD) | BBC Four (HD) | BBC News (HD) | BBC Parliament | CBBC (HD) | CBeebies (HD) | BBC Alba | S4C

Defunct: BBC Select | BBC Choice | BBC Knowledge | BBC HD

BBC Scotland | BBC Cymru Wales | BBC Northern Ireland

BBC East | BBC East Midlands | BBC London | BBC North East and Cumbria | BBC North West | BBC South | BBC South East | BBC South West | BBC West | BBC West Midlands | BBC Yorkshire | BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

International TV
BBC America (HD) (50.1%) | BBC Brit | BBC Earth | BBC Canada | BBC Entertainment | BBC First | BBC HD | BBC Kids | BBC Knowledge (HD) | BBC Lifestyle | BBC UKTV (HD) | BBC World News (HD)

Defunct: BBC Prime | BBC World Service Television | BBC Japan

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 Asian Network | BBC World Service

Nations Radio
BBC Radio Scotland | BBC Radio nan Gàidheal | BBC Radio Orkney | BBC Radio Shetland | BBC Radio Wales | BBC Radio Cymru | BBC Radio Ulster | BBC Radio Foyle

Defunct: BBC Radio Aberdeen | BBC Radio Highland | BBC Radio Tweed | BBC Radio Clwyd

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 | WM | York

Defunct: Dorset FM | Radio Durham | Southern Counties Radio | Thames Valley FM

Other Operations
BBC News | BBC Sport | BBC Red Button | BBC Online | BBC iPlayer | BBC Playlister | BBC Films | BBC Earth Films | BBC Worldwide | BBC DVD | UKTV | BBC Bitesize | BBC Music | BBC Music Awards | BBC Nationstates | BBC iWonder | BBC Learning Zone | 2 Entertain

Defunct: BBC Ceefax | BBC Switch | BBC Multimedia

BBC News
Programmes: 60 Seconds | BBC Breakfast | BBC News at One | BBC News at Six | BBC News at Ten | Newsnight | Newsround | UK Today
English Regions:
Channel Islands | East Midlands Today | London News | Look East | Look North (North East and Cumbria) | Look North (Yorkshire) | Look North (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) | Midlands Today | North West Tonight | Points West | South Today | South East Today | Spotlight
Scotland: Reporting Scotland | Newsnight Scotland | An Là
Wales: Wales Today | Newyddion
Northern Ireland: Newsline

Blue Peter | Casualty | Doctor Who | EastEnders | Grandstand | Holby City | Inside Out | Top Gear | Top of the Pops

BBC logo 1997
European Broadcasting Union

ARD | ARMR | ARMTV | BBC | BHRT | BNR | BNT | BTRC | Channel One Russia | RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg | Cadena COPE | Cadena SER | Canal+ | CBC | ČR | ČT | Europe 1 | ERR | Radio 100,7 | France Télévisions | GPB | HR | İTV | LR | LRT | LTV | MKRTV | MTVA | NERIT | NPO | NRU | NTU | ORF | PBS | PR | Rai | Radio France | RFI | RM | RMC | Radio Orpheus | ROR | RTBF | RTCG | RTÉ | RTP | VGTRK | RTS | RTSH | RTVA | RTVE | RTVS | RTVSLO | San Marino RTV | SRG SSR | TF1 | TG4 | TMC | TR-M | TRT | TV4 | TVP | TVR | UKIB | VOR | Vatican Radio | VRT | ZDF

DR | NRK | RÚV | SVT | Yle | UR

Non-European members
ENRS | ENTV | ÊTT | ÊRT | ERTU | JRTV | Jamahiriya TV | IBA | LJBC | SNRT | TDA | Télé Liban

Defunct members
ERT | Telemontecarlo

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