BBC News 24 and BBC World to have new names
Yes folks, as you read here on 12th Jun 2006, BBC News 24 is to have a new name.
So, from next Monday, UK viewers will have BBC News and non UK viewers will have the BBC World News.
The new look, with new graphics and titles will also be installed for the BBC regional news programmes. This will match the look already seen on BBC NEWS - News Front Page
It may come as a shock to many, as the UK channel is refered to by most as simply 'News 24', the name it has had since its brightly coloured launch on Sunday 9th November 1997.
The international channel has changed names a few times, starting out (on Thursday 26th January 1995) as the incomprehensibly long BBC World Service Television, before being 'BBC World'. The channel is now almost all news, so the name BBC World News seems quite sensible.
There are quite a few other News channels around the world that have taken the '24' moniker, including in France and Italy.
The new look will reintroduce the animated placenames that were a feature of the titles from Monday 25th October 1999 until Monday 8th December 2003.
For more information, please see BBC spends 550,000 on news revamp including 'red globe' logo - Media - guardian.co.uk
Half a million pounds well spent? What do you think?