BBC News launches a new look to its BBC One programmes.

VIDEO: BBC News After Noon opening titles. Announcer: Roger Maude. Presenters: Richard Whitmore and Moira Stuart. TX DATE: 7th September 1981. COPYRIGHT: BBC. VREF: 25123-01.

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[00:00:00] CLOCK: announcer Roger Maude introduces the programme.

[00:00:10] PROGRAMME: BBC News launches a new, modern look for its BBC One programmes. The first programme to sport the updated graphics was the weekday News After Noon at 12.30pm.

The fading out of the presenter’s name at the top of the programme goes a little wrong. This aspect of the opening sequence was dropped fairly quickly.

The headlines:

  • The TUC’s annual conference opens with a strong attack by its president Alan Fisher – angry at the “rapid, savage and dramatic” destruction of jobs.
  • In Manchester a man remains missing after a large chemical fire.
  • Polish troops and police are still surrounding the jail in Bydgoszcz where prisoners are demanding widespread reforms.
  • News coming in: Iranian students have taken over the Iranian consulate in London.

And some lighter features:

  • The programme talks to an expert who believes the way children are being taught to read is all wrong.
  • A thread factory which has found a new profitable sideline in eels.
  • And now that granny bonds can be bought by anyone, the programme asks if they are still a bargain.


PICTURED: BBC News After Noon opening titles. COPYRIGHT: BBC.

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