BBC blocks


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.


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


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.


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.


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 modernised logo. which includes 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.

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. Between November 2001 & March 2002, 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. At the time, this was the longest-used logo by the BBC.


Bbc logo

On 15 July 2018, it was announced that as part of a major rebranding, the BBC will have a new, modernized version of the blocks. The overhaul is linked to BBC's attempt to cut costs, and curb debts. This overhaul of their brand affected all BBC TV and Radio networks and online services on 29 September 2018.

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.

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Defunct: BBC Television Service | BBC Three | BBC Select | BBC Choice regions (NI | SC | WA) | BBC HD

BBC Scotland | BBC Cymru Wales | BBC Northern Ireland

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

Defunct: BBC South East

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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

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BBC News:
60 Seconds | 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 Tonight | Points West | South Today | South East Today | Spotlight | West Midlands Today

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

Defunct: UK Today

Other Operations:
BBC Three | BBC Sport | BBC Hub | BBC Playlister | BBC Productions | BBC Belfast | BBC Bristol | BBC Birmingham | BBC Cardiff | BBC Glasgow | BBC Manchester | BBC Films | BBC Earth Films | BBC Worldwide | BBC DVD | BBC Bitesize | BBC Music | BBC Music Awards | BBC Nationstates | BBC iWonder | BBC Learning Zone | 2 Entertain | BBC Taster | BBC Earth | BBC Newsbeat | BBC Dish Up | BBC Children's International | S4C

Defunct: BBC Red Button | BBC Ceefax | BBC Online | BBC iPlayer | BBC Switch | BBC Multimedia | UKTV
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Awards ceremonies
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Eurovision Dance Contest | Jeux Sans Frontiéres

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