British Satellite Broadcasting

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


British Satellite Broadcasting (or BSB) was a satellite television company that was founded on 11 December 1986 and began broadcasting three years later on 25 March 1990. However, seven months later on 2 November, the company merged with Sky Television plc to form British Sky Broadcasting.

1st ID (1988)

Visuals: On a cornflower blue gradient background, the camera focuses onto a teal ball with red, green, and blue lights on it, giving off a trail as it goes around a ellipse. The camera turns when it's over it and zooms away from it after the ball gives out onto a incomplete ring. The ring then turns as a piece of green marble and the gold letters "BSB" appear and shine, turning with the ring.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: Just the reporter talking over the report.

Availability: This was only seen on a report from ITN.

2nd ID (25 March-1 November 1990)

Visuals: On a black background, 3 balls of light (in red, green, and blue) circle around a black sphere. The balls then fly away as red bars emerge from the sphere and start to curve around. The colors then brighten as the balls return and disappear again. The bars then form a multicolored ring and the letters "BSB" emerge from the front of the screen with green, blue, and red on them respectively. As everything settles down, "BRITISH SATELLITE BROADCASTING" fades in below.

Variant: On broadcasters using the Marcopolo 1 satellite, the logo starts off the same way, but the text below doesn't appear and the "BSB" text fades to grey, becoming the print logo. It then zooms out into a diamond, where "5 Channel TV" appears below.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: A light mellow tune combined with what sounds like the ticking of a clock. This was composed by Frank Gari, using an Alesis HR-16 and an E-MU Emulator III.

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