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For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation).
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1958–1963 1963–1992 1971–1992 1988–1998 1997–2021 (primary); 2021–present (secondary) 2021–present
1958–1963 1963–1992 1971–1992 1988–1998 1997–2021 (primary); 2021–present (secondary) 2021–present

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster founded in 1922. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation. Besides the UK, it is the most well-known public broadcaster in the world, with a worldwide presence.

1958–1963

BBC 1950s.svg
Designer:  Abram Games
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  September 22, 1958

The first incarnation of the BBC "blocks" logo was created in 1958. This logo consisted of square boxes with "BBC" in italics inside them. In 1953, Abram Games was commissioned to design an on-air image.

1963–1992

BBC 1 logo 1964.svg
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  30 September 1963

On 30 September 1963, the boxes were also made slanted like the letters. This type of logo would go on captions at the end of productions as well as on cameras and other equipment. 1964 saw the creation of both of its channels BBC1 and BBC2, with the distinctive horizontal stripes across the screen. This logo and the 1971 logo continued to be used alongside the next logo until 27 December 1992.

1971–1992

BBC 1970s.svg
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  1971

In 1971, a new logo was made by rounding off the boxes, making the spaces between them larger. A corporate identity was getting more and more essential to ensuring that the audience knew it was authentic and that the quality programmes they were watching could be attributed to the BBC. This logo and the 1963 logo continued to be used alongside the next logo until 27 December 1992.

1988–1998

BBC (1988).svg
Designer:  Michael Peters
Typography:  Helvetica Neue
Launched:  May 1988

In May 1988, the BBC launched yet another new logo, designed by Michael Peters. The logo was modified by sharpening up the parallelogram edges again and set to an angle of 17 degrees without reducing the size of the spaces between the boxes. The text was also sharpened up to make it match the clarity of the logo itself - the typeface used was 'Helvetica Neue'. Also, under-logo lines were added for the first time. These lines were coloured blue, red, and green to reflect the flags of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, as well as the three phosphors of colour television. From October 1997 this logo continued to be used as an in-credit logo and with the BBC Radio Clwyd logo until the radio station eventually shut down in August 1998.

1997–2021 (primary); 2021–present (secondary)

BBC.svg
Designer:  Lambie-Nairn
Typography:  Gill Sans
Launched:  4 October 1997

On 4 October 1997, BBC launched a new logo and corporate identity, designed by Martin Lambie-Nairn. All its channels and services introduced a new logo scheme on that day, consisting of the BBC logo and the service name in one line.

The three lines of the 1988 logo were removed from the logo, and the boxes and letters were also straightened up, making the boxes look similar to the 1958 logo. The typeface used is Gill Sans, made by Eric Gill in 1926. BBC1 and BBC2 were also renamed BBC One and BBC Two. By 2002, most services were using a different design with the logo and name on top of each other in a box. This logo is the longest-lived in the history of the BBC, having been used as primary logo for 24 years until October 2021 and continued as secondary logo for some services.

Since 2017, BBC has been slowly replacing Gill Sans with BBC Reith Sans and Serif, with the first being BBC Sport, followed by BBC Alba, BBC Studios after its merger with BBC Worldwide, then BBC Two's rebranding, then BBC Scotland's channel launch, then BBC News, the news channel, BBC World News, and most recently, BBC Radio and BBC Local Radio. The BBC officially introduced its new Reith logo on 20 October 2021, however, the 1997 Gill Sans logo continues to be used on some channels such as CBeebies, CBBC and the BBC News Channel, as well as all radio stations and international channels, with the logo said to be fully phased out in 2022.

2021–present

BBC 2021.svg
Designer:  In-house
Wolff Olins
Dalton Maag (font)
Typography:  BBC Reith Sans Bold
Launched:  Early 2021 (soft-launch)

20 October 2021 (full rebrand)

In 2021, it was revealed that the BBC was planning on rolling out a refresh of the Lambie-Nairn logo. The iconic boxes are subtly squared up and spaced outwards. The new lettering is in BBC Reith, the BBC's proprietary font, introduced in 2017 and designed by Dalton Maag. The rebranding was soft-launched in early 2021 in the BBC News beta app, and internationally through BBC Studios's streaming service BBC Select in North America, and BBC Kids in Australia. The BBC and its main terrestrial channels rebranded on 20 October 2021, such as BBC One, BBC Two (and BBC Scotland), and BBC Four, replacing the Gill Sans logo after 24 years, however channels such as BBC News (and BBC Parliament), CBBC and CBeebies, as well as the charity BBC Children in Need, still use the Gill Sans logo. The new logo is said to roll out gradually across all domestic and international services over the coming months, and is expected to be completed in 2022 in preparation of its 100th anniversary.

BBC Coat of Arms

1927–1988

BBCarms27.png
Designer:  College of Arms
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  Unknown

Shortly after receiving its first Royal Charter in 1927, the BBC was granted its own armorials by the College of Arms.

The British lion forms the 'crest' of the arms, and the thunderbolt it holds is a heraldic way of representing broadcasting. The eagles form the 'supporters', and represent speed, while the bugles they wear round their necks symbolize public proclamation.

On the shield is the globe surrounded by seven stars, which represent the other seven planets in the Solar System and hence reflect the scope and breadth of the Corporation. Finally, the motto, "Nation shall speak peace unto nation", is based on verses from the Old Testament (Micah 4:3 and Isaiah 2:4).

1988–present

Current BBC coat of arms.png

An updated Coat of Arms was introduced with the underlined BBC logo (see above) in 1988, retaining all the properties of the original arms but making them appear more defined.

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