Czechoslovak Television

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum



Background

Czechoslovak Television (or ČST) was the state television broadcaster of Czechoslovakia. Founded on May 1, 1953, it was known by three names over its lifetime: Czech: Československá Televize, Slovak: Československá Televízia (until 1990) and Česko-Slovenská Televízia (from 1990 until 1992).

1st (known) logo (1963-1969)


Visuals: On a grey background, a white CRT shape is seen, with a split along the center top, a curve along the top left side, and 2 points extending out from the top right corner, forming the abstract letters "Čt". Inside it are two opposite triangle shapes, one being white and other one being black.

Variant: Unknown

Technique: Unknown.

Audio: Unknown.

Availability: As of the time this was edited, there's no video footage of this logo online, but only a screenshot from the official ČT (Czech ČST sucessor) website.

2nd (known) logo (1975-1990)

Visuals: On a cyan background, a brown circle zooms in before turning yellow. It then splits in half in a wavy form (forming the s) and the halves move slightly apart, also stretching the right side of the circle a bit. A television shape draws itself around it with a curve on the top right corner and 2 different lines sticking out from the top right corner, forming the logo. 6 lines, 2 green, 2 red and 3 blue appear from either side of the logo and zoom towards the front/sides of the screen before fading out and reappearing. After that, the text
ČESKOSLOVENSKÁ

TELEVIZE

in white fade in above and below the logo.


Variants:

  • Sometimes, the logo is still.
  • For closedowns, the animation is played in reverse.
  • Sometimes, "TELEVIZE" is spelled as "TELEVIZIA" for Slovak broadcasts.

Technique: Cel animation.

Audio: A cymbal crash, which segues into a triumphant fanfare.

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