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Here they are - two examples of
ATV's digital clock from the 70s onwards. Wouldn't it
be nice to see them in action again? Now you can -
click on the images above or the links below!
Click here to launch the
blue clock and here
to launch the black version
Here's an example of an ATV clock from the 60s (I don't know
Here they've built the circular clock face into the bottom
shadowed eye, cleverly branding the clock without it explicitly
Not only that, click the picture to see one of Dave Jeffery's
marvellous Flash re-creations - that displays this clock with
the time set on your computer! For a full-screen view, click
on the image and then hit the 'maximise' button.
You can see more of Dave's work, including more clocks, at
Andrew Wiseman's 625, at ATV Testcards or ATV
(Picture used with permission from the Transdiffusion archives)
We've no image for this clock - can
Alex Trelinski says that there was an ATV Clock introduced
in late 1975 that "had no ATV logo on it, [and that]
occupied the middle of the screen bordered by a circle with
a fair amount of empty screen.
"Memory serves me that the background was quite light
blue, with clock graphics in white - an hour and minute hand,
with white blobs for the seconds."
For clarity, here's the same clocks from above.
The digital clocks were aired just before the news (and certain
other programmes, like World of Sport) and at closedown.
Apparently the digital clock was in use by 1971 - can anyone
supply a date for this change?
This of course begs the question: did ATV use the analogue
clock between the introduction of colour and 1971? If so, what
colours were used?
Please email me if you know!
I've no idea why there were two clocks (one
blue and one black).
Perhaps the black clock was used earlier in the 70s (I doubt
this), they just fancied a change, or the black one was used
for times of national mourning.
It will have been easy to change as the colours would have
been added electronically.
As a matter of interest, Central used the same
clock, but obviously with the Central symbol.
I don't have a good enough picture of the Central globe in
"Now on Central, it's time for World of Sport."
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