BBC News gets a Reith Refresh



The BBC's news programmes will look different from this week, as a longer term switch to a new typeface reaches BBC News bulletins and channels.

The most noticeable change will in the form of new style 'lower-thirds', alongside tweaked news titles across regional, national and international bulletins. It's the first 'across the board' change to the way BBC News looks since early 2013 - making the outgoing graphics the longest lasting single set of graphics used by the BBC.

It's part of a change of typeface to BBC Reith - the broadcaster's own in-house typeface which contains a number of fonts. It's a move that BBC hopes will deliver substantial reductions in the cost of licensing fonts. While many home and office workers may not think twice about which fonts are available for free in the drop down list on their word processor or other application, larger organisations face substantial licensing costs for commercial usage and especially if it is to be used on-screen. ITV, Channel 4 and Sky all have their bespoke fonts used across their output.

BBC Sport, BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC Scotland TV, BBC News online and BBC Weather have made the change already, and the Victoria Derbyshire programme was 'Reithed' when it was due for a refresh. To save costs, the changes are being done gradually, as and when programmes need refreshing or are replaced with new programmes, for example Politics Live was launched with the new look last year after replacing the Daily Politics.

The new look made its debut with the 9am news bulletin on Monday morning on BBC Two and BBC News channel, with BBC World News and the nations and regions following later on Monday. BBC Breakfast will be tweaked in time for Tuesday morning's programme.


BBC News headlines - gone are the white straps

The new lower thirds. The ticker is replaced with a flipper...



BBC News Channel sports bulletins

BBC News Channel trailer showing revised BBC News logo



BBC News Business


Breaking news strap


[images: BBC News screenshots]



  • This article has been updated since its first publication to contain additional screenshots.