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Scene Around Six 1957

TV came to Northern Ireland in early-1953. At first, regional programming was limited to a monthly filmed series, but by autumn 1957, the BBC was ready to go ahead with live daily regional news bulletins. The first ‘Northern Ireland News’ was presented by veteran radio announcer, Maurice Shillington.

Over the next few years, the five minute regional news slot developed into a twenty-five minute programme known variously as ‘Today In Northern Ireland’, ‘Six O’Clock’ and ‘Six-Five’ before the catch-all ‘Scene Around Six’ title came into use. Early presenters of ‘Scene Around Six’ included Michael Baguley and Larry McCoubry; Barry Cowan became a familiar figure during the 1970s on the local programme and through contributions to ‘Nationwide’.

Scene Around Six 1970s

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Scene Around Six 1980s

Scene Around Six (Sixty Minutes) 1983 – 1984

Inside Ulster 1984 – 1987

The launch of the national Six O’Clock News led to Scene Around Six being relaunched as Inside Ulster in September 1984. On Tuesday 7 May 1985, the programme was moved to an earlier timeslot of 5.35pm. The theme music is “Press on 1” by Brian Bennett and Dave Lawson as featured on the album Bruton Music – Music Machine (1981 – BRL7).

Inside Ulster

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Quality: HQ

8th October 1985

Views: 303

Format: 4:3

Inside Ulster 1987 – 1992

Incidentally voted the “best BBC Region News theme” by viewers of the BBC’s “Points of View”! Same theme kept Press on 1 by Brian Bennett and Dave Lawson as featured on the album Bruton Music – Music Machine (1981 – BRL7).

Inside Ulster

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Quality: HQ

8th November 1987

Views: 208

Format: 4:3

Inside Ulster

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Quality: ST

10th December 1990

Views: 564

Format: 4:3

BBC Inside Ulster 1992 – 1996

BBC Inside Ulster

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Quality: ST

15th December 1993

Views: 779

Format: 4:3

BBC Inside Ulster

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Quality: HQ

21st October 1994

Views: 312

Format: 4:3

BBC Inside Ulster

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Quality: HQ

2nd February 1995

Views: 262

Format: 4:3

Examples of studio presentation and content graphics

BBC Newsline 1996 – 1999

The current Newsline brand was introduced on 12 February 1996 when the main evening programme returned to a 6.30pm timeslot.

BBC Newsline 6.30

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Quality: HQ

28th October 1996

Views: 445

Format: 4:3

BBC Newsline 6.30

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Quality: ST

26th February 1999

Views: 930

Format: 4:3

BBC Newsline 6.30

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Quality: HQ

9th September 1999

Views: 300

Format: 4:3

Examples of studio presentation and content graphics

BBC Newsline 1999 – 2004

Monday 4th October 1999 saw the new BBC regional corporate look arrive in Northern Ireland.

BBC Newsline

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Quality: HQ

4th October 1999

Views: 378

Format: 4:3

Newsnight (NI)

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Quality: HQ

21st December 1999

Views: 161

Format: 4:3

BBC Newsline

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Quality: HQ

20th December 2000

Views: 172

Format: 16:9

BBC Newsline

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Quality: HQ

20th December 2000

Views: 105

Format: 16:9

BBC Newsline

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Quality: HQ

10th June 2002

Views: 517

Format: 4:3

BBC Newsline

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Quality: HQ

3rd July 2002

Views: 735

Format: 16:9

BBC Newsline

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Quality: ST

26th November 2003

Views: 378

Format: 16:9

BBC Newsline

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Quality: ST

31st December 2003

Views: 206

Format: 16:9

BBC Newsline

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Quality: ST

2nd January 2004

Views: 387

Format: 16:9

BBC Newsline 2004 – 2008

Examples of studio presentation and content graphics

BBC Newsline 2008 – 2016

Examples of studio presentation and content graphics

BBC Newsline 2016 – 2023

In 2016 BBC Newsline relaunched with a brand new set featuring the skyline of Belfast.

Examples of studio presentation and graphics

BBC Newsline 2023 – Present

On 14th November 2022 BBC Newsline relaunched with a new studio matching the network design in London. Finally the tired old Lambie Nairn standard definition titles were put to bed and a new glossier HD title sequence and stings were introduced.

Examples of studio camera angles and in-programme graphics.