Prior to 1988, BBC TV Sport programmes
had no official "branding". Major sporting events might be preceded by a caption
reading "BBC TELEVISION PRESENTS", but an ident had yet to be born.
This page lists every BBC SPORT ident
from 1988 to the present day. While the basic "globe and rings" idea has stayed
the same, advances in computer technology has meant that after a couple of years, an ident
begins to look a little dated, and it is time to introduce a new one.
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||The Seoul Olympics in 1988 saw the first appearance of the BBC SPORT ident. A rotating
globe span from behind the viewer on the right, until it rested stationary in mid-frame.
The BBC SPORT logo then zoomed/dissolved into position, leaving the static image on the
left. Static, that is, apart from the 1" dropout and creases on the tape because it
was played so much! There were three versions of the accompanying jingle in different keys
(C Major, D Major and B Flat Major), so that the one which was the closest match to the
titles it preceded could be used.
|In 1989, the ident underwent a visual change. The final image was almost identical
(with just a small shift in the rotational position of the globe) - so why change it?
Well, someone had noticed that the globe was spinning the wrong way around! In June
1989 this was put right (apparently at great expense), but it never quite worked as well
as the original. The three versions of the jingle remained the same.
||In 1992, around the time of the Barcelona Olympics, a new set of idents was
introduced. To overcome the "doesn't work quite as well" factor of the 1989
version, the globe now came from behind the viewer on the left of screen. It also
continued to animate after the jingle had finished.
There was a "full colour" version (illustrated left), but also a
"gold" version, a "green" version, a "blue" version, and a
"red" version. There was a new arrangement of the jingle, and for the first time
it was in stereo. However, the different "keys" were dropped in favour of a
single C Major version.
|The choice of ident used prior to a programme depended on its content. For example,
equestrian events were usually preceded by the green ident, and programmes such as
swimming were preceded by the blue ident. The gold ident was used for Olympics coverage.
||After four years, it was time for another change. Subtlety went out of the window, and
a "Fisher Price" chunky graphic was introduced in time for Euro 96. The jingle
was re-arranged again, and in three different keys - B Flat Major, D major and B Major.
The version shown on the left was used for most programmes
and this rather garish "gold" version was for the Atlanta Olympics. It
looked even worse once it had been converted from PAL to NTSC and then back to PAL again.
This version used the D Major jingle.
|In 1997, the new BBC logo almost saw the demise of a BBC SPORT ident altogether. But a
last minute reprieve meant a nightmare for BBC Graphic Design. They had a very short space
of time to create a new logo. And they did a very nice job.
first time, the globe and logo do not end up on screen together. In Version 1 of the ident
(used before the programme), the globe crosses from right to left, getting closer. Once it
has cleared frame, the BBC SPORT logo appears. Version 2 (used at the end of a programme)
is the reverse - the globe crosses from left to right, getting farther
away, and when it is almost out of frame, the logo appears. Once again, the original
jingle has been re-arranged, but there is now just a single version - C Major.
Last Update 06 Apr 2000