This Day in History: 2017-01-01

BBC One launches a new on-screen presentation package. The broadcaster commissioned British photographer Martin Parr to “capture an evolving portrait of modern Britain in all its diversity” for 2017. The BBC said that the new portraits would be based around the theme of “oneness” and would feature “different groups of people coming together across the UK, united by their shared passions and interests”.

The director of BBC content Charlotte Moore said that it was important the channel idents moved with the times. She said: “What better way to demonstrate this than by commissioning Martin Parr, one of the most celebrated documentary photographers of our time, to create idents from a series of portraits that reflect and represent the rich diversity of communities living in the UK today?”

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