New RTÉ Symbol Does Not Please All

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A viewer's letter to 'Mailbag' in 1987 is critical of a change to the new RTÉ symbol and prompts a discussion on the history and design of the logo.

  • Title
    RTÉ Symbol
  • 1st Broadcast
    19/03/1987
  • Contributor
    Arthur Murphy (Presenter)
    Pat Nolan (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:37
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Mailbag
  • Clip title
    New RTÉ Symbol Does Not Please All
  • Extended description

    A viewer's letter to 'Mailbag' is critical of a change to the RTÉ symbol and prompts a discussion on the history and design of the logo. Presenter Arthur Murphy introduces a letter from a viewer in Laois which is critical of the new RTÉ symbol.

    David Holden the Director of Public Affairs at RTÉ explains that in the 25 years of Irish television there has been 9 versions of the symbol. He goes on to explain the thinking behind the new design.

    Five of the previous symbols are shown and an explanation of how the original logo was based on the St Brigid's cross. The new design for a symbol came after a competition was held. One of the main criticisms of the symbol is that design is fussy compared to the simplicity of the original symbol.

  • Information

    'Mailbag' presented by Arthur Murphy was a forum for viewers comments on the programmes on RTÉ television. The letters were read by presenters Pat Nolan and Margaret Fegan. The extract here is from a 'Mailbag' programme broadcast 19 March 1987 and shows some of the symbols that RTÉ television used since it began broadcasting in 1961.

  • Local keywords
    Television, Broadcasting, Graphics, Branding, Logos, Communications, Viewers, RTÉ , Public Relations
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Two (Network 2)
  • Production year
    1987
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    98D00416
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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